SpaceX Loses Inmarsat Launch Order To Arianespace

Posted: Dec 9 2016, 6:50am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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SpaceX Loses Inmarsat Launch Order to Arianespace
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  • SpaceX loses Crucial Contract with Inmarsat to Arianespace

SpaceX is in the doldrums. It has just lost a crucial contract with Inmarsat to Arianespace.

Inmarsat has signed its contract with Arianespace instead of SpaceX. This is a huge let down for SpaceX. Inmarsat’s S-band satellite will now be launched by Arianespace rather than Elon Musk’s agency.

The whole process is being arranged for the sake of the European Aviation Network. An Ariane 5 heavy lift launch vehicle will serve as the carrier of the satellite.

The EAN payload is a part and parcel of condosat which was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space. A second payload has been incorporated too and it is meant for Hellas-Sat.

As for the condosat, it will launch from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. The schedule and deadline is by the middle of 2017. Condosat was in the beginning meant to be launched via SpaceX’s services.

However, such was not to be. The delay that occurred had led to such a state of affairs. The billionaire Elon Musk must be getting a bad case of the heebies jeebies due to this “change of venue” for Inmarsat. What was meant to be a victory for his firm turned out to be nothing but a bad defeat.

SpaceX’s September 1st fiasco led to this change of clientele. It was a huge failure and showed the chinks in the armor of SpaceX. Other than this SpaceX has worked on some 70 odd assignments and missions for NASA alone.

Comments were not forthcoming from SpaceX upon the bad news being announced. The loss of the contract is a huge setback for SpaceX.

This included its administration, staff and founder who are all mourning the slipping of this golden opportunity through their hands. Had the September 1st tragedy not occurred, maybe none of this disappointment would have taken place.

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