SpaceX Rocket Disintegrates with Cargo, Supply Worry Spurs Up

SpaceX Rocket Disintegrates with Cargo, Supply Worry Spurs Up
Sunset SpaceX launch of GoreSat to L1, 4x farther than the moon Steve Jurvetson / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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An unnamed SpaceX Cargo ship destined for the International Space Station disintegrated just after it was launched at 10.21 A.M. on Sunday.


It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and according to The New York Times report, this is the third cargo ship failure in the last eight month.

The obvious question will be the supply of material for the space station but as per NASA officials they were prepared for the mishap and this may not cause any major disruption to the center of operation.

The astronauts in the space station, Scott J. Kelly of NASA and two Russians, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko are not in immediate risk due to the mishap.

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It is said that they have supply ready till October. The next attempt would be made on Friday itself and this time the third stage of the rocket has been modified with a previous version which was successful.

The 208 feet tall Falcon 9 rocket was all okay when it was launched. There were no weather worries, the countdown was hitch-free and the rocket lifted off at around 10.21 a.m.

At 2 minutes 19 seconds, the data showed that the rocket was on track, but that’s when a white cloud appeared from the midsection of the rocket and debris start falling.

George Diller, the commentator during a NASA television broadcast put it, “We appear to have had a launch vehicle failure.” The debris was falling on the Atlantic Ocean, just 20 miles below the rocket.

Elon Musk, chief executive of Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, Twitted “Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.”

Later he added, “There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause,” and “That’s all we can say with confidence right now. Will have more to say following a thorough fault tree analysis.”

The loss as the SpaceX Rocket Disintegrates can be counted as 2,477 kg of food, clothes, and materials for the onboard experiments. The International space center, which has a crew of three, had suffered a lack of supply for the past months too.

There are a lot of failed missions off let and there are cases where the rocket could not reach the station even after reaching the orbit. The Falcon 9 has a great track record in the past three years. It has delivered cargo for six time, failing just once in 2012. It is under $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

Importantly, three more astronauts will be joining the crew members in the international space center. The schedules launching is on 23rd July and there is no delay reported for the same.