SpaceX's latest rocket engine explodes during test in Texas, investigation launched to detect reason

12 November 2017, 08:49 AM
SpaceX's latest rocket engine blows up during test, investigation launched to detect reason
SpaceX's latest rocket engine blows up during test, investigation launched to detect reason

It was another major setback for the American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company SpaceX as one of its latest rocket's engines blew up last Sunday due to unknown reasons.

The space agency has already launched investigation to determine the cause of malfunction which led the engine towards the explosion, Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX confirmed. 

Though no one was injured during its 'qualification test' in McGregor, Texas and all the safety protocols were followed by the company, the unexpected occurrence took place leaving everyone shocked.

"No one was injured and all safety protocols were followed during the time of this incident, we are now conducting a thorough and fully transparent investigation of the root cause," a SpaceX spokesperson was quoted while interacting with 'Business Insider'.

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However, the investigation will hopefully figure out what went wrong with the agency's Merlin engine hardware.

"SpaceX is committed to our current manifest and we do not expect this to have any impact on our launch cadence," the spokesperson added further.

Moreover, this is not the first time that the American space agency has failed to complete its mission.

Earlier, in 2015, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded a few minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral en route with an aim to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. During the process, no one was on board and injured.

Another Falcon 9 blew up in September 2016, this time while on the launchpad as it was being fueled ahead of an engine test fire. No injury has been reported in the incident.

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First Published: Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:00 AM
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