It’s the same kind of SpaceX rocket used to launch space station supplies for NASA, and represented a major setback for the space agency’s plans for future cargo hauls and, ultimately, astronaut flights.
SpaceX was conducting a routine test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred, which shook buildings several miles away. “Cause still unknown. More soon”.
The company said its other launch sites in Florida and California were not affected by Thursday’s incident and they are capable of handling its scheduled upcoming launches.
It is said that the Facebook had contracted the aerospace manufacturer to deliver the first satellite that would make its pet project Internet.org effective in sub-Saharan Africa. But there have been setbacks – including a rocket that exploded as it attempted to land on a barge in January, and another rocket that blew up shortly after takeoff last summer. “But the satellite for Facebook can be rebuilt pretty quickly”, Timothy Carone, an astrophysicist and teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. “I have pretty strong confidence in SpaceX“.
The FalconX rocket explosion is a serious drawback for both companies, Facebook and SpaceX. “Per standard structure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries”.
By evening the fire was out, but the pad was going to remain off-limits until this morning as a precaution, the Air Force said.
Damage hasn’t been determined yet because no one has been to the pad to evaluate it.
According to the Verge, the emergency management team of the 45th Space Wing of the Air Force is responding to the explosion.
Spaceflight Now reported that Spacecom Ltd had not confirmed if the satellite was fully insured for loss before lift-off, however two industry sources said standard satellite insurance policies should cover risks to the spacecraft during the static fire test. Facebook’s Internet Expansion in Africa goes down the drain. The 5.4-ton AMOS-6 featured an electric propulsion subsystem and a 10kW electric power subsystem. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. “We are continuing to review the data to identify the root cause”. “But at the end of the day, I’m confident that our commercial space industry will be very successful”, Nelson said in a statement.
Aon International Space Brokers is one of the players in the sector, and since it was created has collected more than $3 billion in satellite claims. “It’s a very hard business to be in”.