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SpaceX has begun an orderly process of checking the malfunction that caused the loss of the rocket and the Amos 6 satellite on it

The company announced this on its website, adding that the Federal Aviation Authority and NASA will participate in the investigation * "We are very sorry for the loss of the Amos 6 satellite"

An explosion from SpaceX's Falcon 9 launcher on the launch pad in Florida with the satellite loaded 6. Screenshot from RT

SpaceX has begun a careful process of examining the causes of the malfunction that caused the loss of the Amos 6 satellite. This is what the company announced on the news page of its website.
"We deeply regret the loss of Amos-6, and wish to return to launch safely and reliably to meet the demands of our customers, which is our first priority. SpaceX's business is robust, with about 70 expected launches worth over $10 billion. Following the events, we are grateful for the continued support and unwavering confidence of our commercial customers, as well as NASA and the United States Air Force."

Overview of the event:

The incident at SpaceX's Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base occurred about eight minutes before a scheduled test launch of the Falcon 9 launcher, which was supposed to carry the satellite into space. The company said that the explosion caused "the loss of the missile and the payload it was carrying."

At the time of the incident, the launch was vertical and preventive processes were carried out for the purpose of the inspection. The initial findings indicate that the source of the problem was most likely in the liquid oxygen tank of the upper stage. In accordance with the routine work procedure, all the people who were there were removed, so that there were no casualties.

In order to identify the root of the problem that caused the malfunction, SpaceX opened an investigation immediately after the accident, in accordance with contingency plans for investigating such accidents. These plans include preserving all possible evidence and assembling an investigative team to examine the disaster, under the supervision of the Federal Aviation Administration and with the participation of NASA, the US Air Force and other experts from the field. The company said that it is in the first stages of testing about 3000 channels of telemetry and video data covering a time period of 55-35 milliseconds. At the same time, teams at the launch site itself are investigating the condition of launch pad 40, which sustained significant damage. The full extent of the damage has not yet been determined.

SpaceX currently operates three launch pads, two of them in Florida and one at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company's other launch sites were not affected by Thursday's events. The 4E Bundenberg complex is in the final stages of an operational upgrade. Launch Complex 39 located at the Kennedy Space Center is due to become operational in November, and according to the company, both are capable of supporting the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launchers. "Our first priority is to return to launch safely and reliably for our customers, and we will take all necessary steps to ensure the highest levels of safety for future Falcon 9 missions. We will investigate the issue and address it meticulously and thoroughly."

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  1. When you fuel a rocket with a satellite on it, then static electricity can turn an investment of years and hundreds of millions into dust and smoke. But the "decent" Americans will still blame us for their failure!

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