Statement was given, Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said: We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have enough supplies for the next several months.
“We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight.”At a lunchtime press conference, Michael Suffredini, manager of the space station curriculum, said the natural event was a “big loss, I don’t want to underplay that.” But he said “we will pick ourselves up and get on to the next flight.” The company has lost yet another chance to land its reclaimable rocket on a sea barge, and it only just got clearance to launch valuable missions for both NASA and the US Air Force Elon Musk and crew may have to work overtime giving guarantee officials that this kind of disaster will not happen again.
SpaceX supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in an explosion that destroyed an unmanned Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 rocket impelling it. Cargo on the umanned Dragon SpX-7 spacecraft, which was powered by a Falcon 9 rocket, included food and care packages, systems hardware, “science materials”, computer resources and spacewalking equipment. It also carried a docking adaptor for the station as part of operations to prepare for future commercial missions. At the end of a five week mission the rocket was due to return 675-kg of goods to Earth. At a press conference, neither NASA nor SpaceX had enough information to say what went wrong besides ruling out a problem with the first (lower) stage. NASA notes that the ISS crew still has a comfy four month supply buffer, but is understandably concerned that there have been three supply mission failures in the space of several months. Microsoft is no doubt worried, too, since the HoloLens headsets for its astronaut assistance project were on the SpaceX flight.
A statement which was given by Nasa administrator Bolden, “SpaceX has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first six cargo resupply missions to the station, and we know they can replicate that success. “We will work with and support SpaceX to assess what happened, understand the specifics of the failure and correct it to move forward.
“This is a reminder that spaceflight is an incredible challenge, but we learn from each success and each setback. Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our ambitious human spaceflight curriculum.”