The global Space Mission has food and water that will last them only till October of this year. Space X’s Flacon 9 rocket launched to replenish the necessary supplies needed on board the station, but it did not make it very far- just after 148 seconds it exploded.
After the sad accident NASA held a press briefing during which Space X was asked if this launch was nay different from the prior six launched.
The previous launches that have failed include a private Orbital Sciences-built cargo ship that launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in October; that also exploded shortly after launching. Russian resupply mission that was launched in May was mistakenly placed in wrong orbit forcing its cargo to burn up in the Earths atmosphere.
As for the space station, they have a few months left of supplies and therefore not a very good situation.
It isn’t imperative that the cargo makes the exact dates, there is flexibility in the launch plans, said Diane Hockenberry, the Iridium spokeswoman.
All debris, the result of the explosion, is going to part of the investigation, which is still going to on to determine why the incident took place.
There is no argument that setbacks will be witnessed when trying to get further into space and especially with this more competitive Space Race 2.0. According to The Economist, the number of countries with activities in space has doubled in the past 10 years, while total government spending on civil space programs reached a record $44 billion in 2013.
5,200 pounds worth of space station cargo was destroyed in the explosion, which included the first docking port designed to carry more astronauts into space.
Sunday’s setback has cast shadows on NASA’s plans for shuttling astronauts. The choice of Soyuz rockets is proof of high competitiveness of Russian rocket and space hardware, said Hockenberyy.
Star Aviation Executive Vice President Charles Rudd confirmed SpaceX was his company’s customer, but was not able to offer further details. Star Aviation is a private company owned by Elon Musk and has flown 18 successful missions with the Falcon X before Sunday’s failure.
SpaceX will be competing for Pentagon satellite launches against the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, breaking a monopoly the two have had since 2006.