The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was to be launched on Saturday with Facebook’s first ever communication satellite. Unfortunately the Falcon 9 exploded at 9 a.m. in its first static fire test this Thursday, at CAPE CANAVERAL Air Force station. There were no injuries or damages caused due to this severe blast, as the rocket was unmanned, eventually its payload were completely destroyed and they were unrecoverable.
The explosion was felt even thousand of miles away from Cape Canaveral as all the buildings situated in and around the range shook from the blast and multiple number of explosions continued after this very blast. According to NASA emergency officials were monitoring the situation all the time. NASA even claims that the air quality is being tested to avoid the risk of pollution which may cause several heart, lungs and skin diseases which was one of the major threats to the employees working there.
What is SpaceX Falcon 9 ?
Falcon 9 is a rocket family of two staged space vehicles known for its application of nine first stage engines, fully designed, implemented and manufactured by Space Exploration Technology Corporation. Falcon 9 previously has two versions namely Falcon 9 v1.1 and Falcon 9 v1.2 which are now retired and the latest one is Falcon 9 Full Thrust, a reusable launch vehicle system.
Both the stages of Falcon 9 are powered by rocket engines which burns out liquid oxygen and RP-1 propellant. The first stage is designed to be reused while the second stage is not capable of being reused. The latest Falcon 9 full thrust can lift payloads up to the approximate range of 23 thousand kilograms to the lower Earth orbits and 8 thousand kilograms to geostationary transfer orbits.
Facebook’s very own satellite named THE AMOS 6 whose budget was approximately about $200 million would have widened the access of internet throughout Africa and 14 other nations but this explosion ruined all their hopes. Millions of dollars were wasted due to this unfortunate event.
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