In the event of a launch failure, SpaceX says it could eject the crew in a way that is “similar to an ejection seat for a fighter pilot”, except they would be protected by a pod.
That policy, also known as a marine cargo insurance policy, covers transit and pre-launch processing of the satellite from the factory to the launch site.
The launch pad and the rocket have been destructed and the equipments worth million-dollar have been burned.
Until Thursday, the company had successfully carried out eight launches this year, with nine more in the wings by year’s end, including the debut flight of the so-called Falcon Heavy.
NASA has reported that SpaceX was conducting a test fire of an unmanned rocket when the explosion occurred this morning. An Israeli space official said that loss of the AMOS-satellite cost over $200 million and owned by Spacecom.
In an email, SES said it “would be happy to launch from Pad 39A”.
The Falcon rocket manifest called for Vandenberg’s mission to follow the Florida launch.
Space X confirmed that both Falcon 9 and its Amos-6 payload were lost in the explosion, but there were no injuries in the explosion.
The explosion Thursday could push that timetable back. “This is a blow and the next satellite, if Space Communications manages to overcome the crisis which it will face and decides to order another one, could be in another three years or so”. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch this month, but it seems like would be a no-go due to the recent incident. SpaceX said these two pads can support the company’s upcoming launches, until the damaged complex can be fixed.
That California flight could go ahead as soon as the rocket is deemed ready, but the pad cannot substitute for the one in Florida.
“We remain confident in our commercial partners and firmly stand behind the successful 21st century launch complex that NASA, other federal agencies, and USA commercial companies are building on Florida’s Space Coast”, it added.