Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

SpaceX sets a date to return to orbit following the Falcon 9 launchpad explosion

RATE THIS! +31
Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2016 02:29 PM by AlexMuller

It's been less than a month since SpaceX saw a test firing before a planned Falcon 9 launch end in a ball of fire before it even got started. Now, the company appears ready to get back on the orbital horse with plans for its next launch set for as soon as November.

 
On September 1, a Falcon 9 set to carry a new satellite meant to be part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative to orbit was standing upright on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. As it was being fuelled for a static fire test, it suffered an "anomaly." In other words, it was destroyed in a huge explosion that could be seen and heard for miles around.
 
SpaceX put all planned launches on hold and three weeks later, preliminary results from an investigation into the cause of the explosion pointed to a rupture in the cryogenic helium system. You can find more details on the role that super chill helium plays in a Falcon 9 launch in our earlier coverage. More specifics on what exactly caused the problem should be forthcoming as the investigation continues.
 
Finding the problem and resolving it must be progressing to the satisfaction of SpaceX and the Air Force, which runs the launch pad SpaceX uses at Cape Canaveral, because both have reportedly penciled in November 17 as a tentative date for the next SpaceX launch for planning purposes.
 
SpaceX has yet to officially name the date that it hopes to return to space, although this new tentative date is also in line with comments that Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell made during a panel discussion earlier in September where she mentioned returning to space in the "November timeframe."
 
Whenever the next launch is, it almost certainly won't be until the investigation is completely concluded, so there's definitely the possibility of any tentative dates being pushed back.
 
The next launch is set to be SpaceX's 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station.
 
The September explosion came four weeks before SpaceX founder Elon Musk took the stage at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico this week to unveil his audacious plan to colonize Mars over the next several decades.
 
This led to an awkward moment on stage when Musk assured the audience that despite an insanely ambitious timeline for moving one million humans to Mars, SpaceX is far more focused on addressing the issues behind the September 1 anomaly at the moment.

Tags: spaceSpaceXElon Muskcommercial spacereusable rocketrockethardwarebusiness

Read original article » Back to category

Comments



 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Software on 2017-03-25 14:13:38
    Google Develops A Deep Learning Machine That Could Learn.....read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-25 14:26:25
    Google’s Calico partners with new biotech firm to.....read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-25 14:20:19
    25 US Cities Are Now Committed to 100% Renewable Energy..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-25 14:16:44
    New Lenses Could Give You Super Color Vision..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-24 19:18:37
    This company replaced 90% of its workforce with machines......read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me