SpaceX reaches out to public to help with investigation into rocket explosion

SpaceX reaches out to public to help with investigation into rocket explosion

SpaceX reaches out to public to help with investigation into rocket explosion

It can often take a year or more for a company or space agency to resume flights after a rocket explosion.

Earlier this month, the Hawthorne, California-based private space firm lost a Falcon 9 rocket on the launchpad in Cape Canaveral.

Last week, SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted that the fiery explosion was turning out to be the "most hard and complex failure" in company history.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to launch its 29th mission in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday September 3, carrying the AMOS-6 telecom satellite.

"Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation".

On Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) Twitter, Musk has pleaded for the public's cooperation with the investigation, noting that any photos or videos relating to the recent incident can be of great help.

Sharing some details on the ongoing investigation, Musk said that the accident happened during a routine filling operation.

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The Falcon 9 rocket blew up on September 1, destroying a Spacecom communications satellite which included a Facebook project created to expand internet access in sub-Saharan Africa. Ground crews were fueling the Falcon for a brief test-firing of its engines, two days before its scheduled liftoff. Why Falcon 9 exploded still remains a mystery.

Last week, Israel-based communications satellite operator Spacecom, who lost the AMOS 6 satellite in the explosion, said that it could seek up to $50 million compensation from the USA private space agency.

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The problem was traced to a faulty bracket, which was holding a bottle of helium inside the rocket's upper stage.

"Our number one priority is to safely and reliably return to flight for our customers, and we will carefully investigate and address this issue".

Enlarge / Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida undergoing modifications by SpaceX. That pad will need extensive repairs and probably won't be ready to support launches by November.

"We're anticipating getting back to flight, being down for about three November, the November time frame", she said at a conference in Paris.

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