SpaceX to resume rocket launches in November: Musk

SpaceX to resume rocket launches in November: Musk

SpaceX has announced its plans for November rocket launch after witnessing a major setback in September when its rocket exploded while undergoing preparations for a test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

As per Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, it was not an explosion, but a ‘fast fire’. But those who have witnessed the incident said that the blast turned the Falcon 9 rocket into a bowl of fire. The incident that took place on September 1is considered as one of the biggest setback for SpaceX as well as for Facebook and Eutelsat, a French satellite provider.

TheSpaceX rocket was supposed to lift off the Israeli communications satellite known as Amos 6 into space. Facebook and Eutelsat have invested around $100 million each in the project.

Investigation is on, but SpaceX does not want to sit back. Elon Musk has made it clear that the company will resume its flights in November, which means after the gap of three months, the space exploration major is ready to get back on the track.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shot well was of the view, “We're anticipating ... being down for about three months, getting back to flight in the November time frame”.

SpaceX has not opened up much on areas, including what repairs are exactly needed for the Falcon 9 rocket to resume flight in November. Also, it has not unveiled about the level of damage being faced during the explosion.

Experts and SpaceX rivals are raising doubts on whether the company would be able to resume flights in the said time period. Tory Bruno, the CEO of United Launch Alliance, said that it generally takes around nine months to a year for a company to recover from such an incident.

A report published in Tech Times revealed, "On Sept. 1, a hopeful launch turned sour as the company's Falcon 9 rocket abruptly exploded during preparations for a test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Because of the incident, space services have been temporarily suspended while scientists investigate why the rocket burst into flames."

Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of SpaceX, has said that the incident was a "fast fire," not an explosion. But eyewitness accounts say the blast turned the 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket into a "bowl of fire."

Still, the Musk-led company's return to rocket launches depends on how long it would take engineers to determine the cause of the blast and then fix it. MIT scientist Paulo Lozano says based on the complexity of the problem, recovery could take a while.

According to a story published on the topic by Space, "One of the difficult lessons learned from the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 was the need for human-carrying spacecraft to come with emergency escape systems, a means of ejecting the crew vehicle from the rocket in an emergency. "

While both companies are required to include one of these escape systems in their vehicles, the approach to testing the systems differs slightly between the two companies. Representatives of SpaceX and Boeing, along with a representative from NASA, discussed the testing process in a session at a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), held this week in Long Beach, California.

Founded and helmed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX is currently flying cargo to the space station for NASA using the company's Falcon 9 rocket and Drago cargo capsule. SpaceX is adapting the Dragon to fly humans to the station.