The company SpaceX American inventor and billionaire Elon musk is an investigation of the reasons and circumstances of explosion of the engine of the new generation of Merlin, which will be installed on launch vehicles class Falcon 9, on the test stand. This is with reference to the reports of sources in the aerospace field writes the newspaper the Washington Post.
The incident occurred on 5 November at one of the test facilities of SpaceX in Texas.
Yesterday it acknowledged in the company, noting that no one was hurt, and the engineers carried out a “thorough and transparent” investigation into the causes of the explosion.
Testing Merlin engines delayed until, until you find out why the incident occurred.
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WP writes that over the last couple of years this is not the first incident of this kind with the engines of the Falcon 9: in 2015 one of them blew up on launch, and a year later – at the gas station.
30 Oct 2017 Falcon 9 launched the satellite into orbit, but after landing on floating platform caught fire the sustainer stage of the launch vehicle. Following the launch at SpaceX planned to commence next week. Only in 2017, the company held 16 successful launches.
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