SpaceX Is Back In The Game And Is Targeting A January 8th Launch After Investigation Of Previous Explosion Ends
It been a long time but SpaceX has finally put an end to the mystery and has finished its investigation of the accident on the Cape Canaveral launchpad, in which one of its rockets exploded a few months ago. The investigation was not conducted solely by SpaceX it was done in collaboration with federal safety and space agencies such as the FAA and NASA. The investigation team reviewed all recorded material and data and ran tests at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, CA and McGregor, TX facilities.
SpaceX is targeting a January 8th launch to get back on its feet for good
A summarized version of the findings of the investigation team is enough to understand the core reason behind the explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket during pre-launch fueling in September. The team concluded on the basis of facts that there was a failure of a pressure vessel that is normally found inside a tank that stores liquid oxygen to help the second part of the rocket’s fuel burn. The problem here was that oxygen built up in between the overwrap of the vessel and the liner and the intensity of the problem increased as helium was loaded, the helium turned the built up oxygen from liquid to solid and therefore caused a major problem.
SpaceX is adamant to ensure quick fixes for this problem in both the short and long-term and they are sure that they will be able to make their fueling process a lot safer right now and in the future too. Now that the investigation has ended and SpaceX is applying short-term fixes to address the problem. SpaceX is hoping to launch another rocket into space on January 8th (just a few days from now). The launch client this time will be Iridium satellites and SpaceX will be using a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver 10 Iridium satellites into orbit. The satellites have already been mounted into the rocket and are good to go; they will be used to create a voice and data network that will help the telecommunications network.
Provided that SpaceX does launch on time and does everything safe and sound they will be back on their feet. They will also have a very good recovery period of around 3 months which would be really great for boosting confidence in the company. We will keep you updated on the launch and any news that surfaces about it, till then do let us know your feedback in the comments below.