Sep 01 2015

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SpaceX still investigating accident

SpaceX delays next launch after blast.

“It’s taking more time than we originally envisioned to get back to flight,” SpaceX chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell told a spaceflight conference in Pasadena, California.

“We’re a couple of months away from the next flight.”

I believe they’re also taking the extra time to integrate some of the Dragon 2 systems into Dragon, like the Abort System.

Here’s a related article from Space Policy Online that provides more detail: Shotwell: Couple More Months Before Falcon 9 Launches Again, Will be New Version.

Speaking on a panel at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2015 conference in Pasadena, CA, Shotwell said the company still believes that the cause of the June 28 Falcon 9 failure was a bad strut in the upper stage. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that preliminary finding in late July, but said the investigation was ongoing. Shotwell said today nothing has changed that diagnosis.

She said it now was not just a matter of fixing the problem, which is “easy,” but taking advantage of lessons learned and ensuring there are no other problems in the vehicle or the supply chain. It is “taking more time than we originally envisioned,” but she does not expect customers to object since they do not want to rush and potentially have another failure.

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