Posted 06/29/2015 at 8:38 AM
Posted 2 years ago
The latest launch for the SpaceX reusable rocket saw an unfortunate end just minutes after takeoff.
The company’s Falcon 9 class CRS-7 rocket, laden with a heavy payload of food supplies, sensitive technology and 30 science experiments, exploded a little over two minutes after its launch.
The rocket was bound for the International Space Station. NASA called it a “non-nominal launch”, and aren’t quite sure what happened.
The CEO and the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, expressed in a statement that “overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank” might have led to the explosion.
The explosion dashed some hopes for the Falcon 9 rockets; if the mission was successful, it would represent the first time a rocket could be reused for space flight.
Such an event would mean that the costs of space vehicle and rocket production would decrease significantly and affordable space travel would be in sight.
Charles Bolden, an administrator with NASA, stated: “SpaceX has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first six cargo resupply missions to the station, and we know they can replicate that success.
We will work with and support SpaceX to assess what happened, understand the specifics of the failure and correct it to move forward.
This is a reminder that spaceflight is an incredible challenge, but we learn from each success and each setback.
Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our ambitious human spaceflight program.”
The agency did stress that the ISS had ample supplies for the next several months.