SpaceX starts investigating the Faclon 9 explosion
It’s no longer a news that Facebook incurred a loss of $200 million when the Falcon 9 rocket carrying SpaceX communication satellite AMOS-6 exploded in Cape Canaveral during tests, while SpaceX has begun a full probe into the explosion, media reports said. The AMOS-6, which was the result of a collaboration between Facebook and French satellite-maker Eutelsat, was to provide free broadband to at least 14 countries on the African continent and Middle East. The loss and setback that made mark Zukerberg “Deeply Dissapointed”
According to Dailymail, CEO of US-based Aerospace company SpaceX Elon Musk also lost about $390 million as the stock prices of two of his companies — Tesla and SolarCity — dropped after the accident on Thursday morning. Shares in Elon Musk’s electric car maker Tesla dropped 5.3 per cent and his SolarCity venture was also down 9.1 per cent.
The mishap was also a setback for NASA, which has been counting on the private company to keep the International Space Station stocked with supplies and, ultimately, astronauts. SpaceX said Friday evening that its number one priority after Thursday’s accident at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station “is to safely and reliably return to flight for our customers, as well as to take all the necessary steps to ensure the highest possible levels of safety for future crewed missions with the Falcon 9.”
The company said it has begun a full investigation of the explosion and that SpaceX’s “Accident Investigation Team,” along with oversight from the Federal Aviation Administration and assistance from NASA and the US Air Force, is in the “early” stages of reviewing 3,000 channels of telemetry and video data covering a brief time period of 35 to 55 milliseconds, reported Arstechnica.com.
The statement from SpaceX provided no additional information about the cause of the accident. It only repeated that the incident occurred during fueling of the launch vehicle before a static fire test, rather than during the test itself, and that the “anomaly” originated around the upper stage liquid oxygen tank.
At the time of the incident, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Africa ( Nairobi In kenya) making new “Friends”, Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment but also promised to come back stronger to fulfil his mission to “connect everyone”. Apart from a $200 million satellite, the company also lost precious time to build this dream.