Bolden’s spacex-crs-7″ target=”_blank”>statement tells, “We are dissatisfied in the beating of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the worldwide Space Station”. Musk says that engineers use now a hex editor parsing the data to reconstruct what happened in the last milliseconds before the explosion. NASA said the in-flight explosion was a “blow to us” and that the failure should not “crossover” to manned missions.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden said that though they were disappointed by the loss, the astronauts were safe aboard the station and has sufficient supplies for the next several months, the Guardian reported.
He said investigation was ongoing because SpaceX doesn’t know yet what caused it.
NASA will closely study the SpaceX to find out what went wrong and to try fix the issue in order to set another flight.
“Watched #Dragon launch from @space station Sadly failed Space is hard Teams assess below @NASAKennedy #YearInSpace”, Tweeted NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) who will be spending a year in the global Space station.
The Falcon took off right on time after a seemingly flawless countdown, rising into the sunny skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:21 a.m. ET. It was carrying 4,000 pounds of supplies and equipment for the global Space Station.
The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles.
The company had seven more launches planned this year including one in early August for launching the NOAA’s Jason-3 satellite to space, the satellite will aid the agency in tracking ocean levels and predict intensity of a cyclone. A Russian “Progress” cargo vehicle will launch from Kazakhstan on July 3 to the ISS. However, NASA officials have backup preparations for such a mishap and there they claim there will be no disruption in the operations of the ISS.
However, NASA’s second cargo transporter, run by Orbital ATK, remains grounded following a launch accident in October.
The rocket exploded during launch on Sunday, scattering debris more than 150 miles off the coast of Florida and Georgia.