November 30, 2020

Elon Musk says he will personally inspect SpaceXs launch pad sites after 2 rockets failed to launch

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  • On Thursday and Friday SpaceX had two rockets abort their launches due to technical issues.
  • Elon Musk said on Twitter he will be heading to Florida this week to inspect hardware at the launch sites.
  • Previously most of his energy had been focused on the company’s site in Boca Chica, Texas where SpaceX is developing its Starship rocket.
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Elon Musk will go in person to check SpaceX’s launch pads after a disappointing week where two rockets failed to launch.

On Thursday, SpaceX aborted a launch of its Starlink high-speed internet satellites following an unexpected “ground system sensor reading.” Then on Friday, a scheduled launch of its Falcon 9 rocket was aborted just seconds before launch. Elon Musk said on Twitter this was caused by an “unexpected pressure rise in the turbomachinery gas generator.”

The two aborted attempts were enough to draw Musk’s concern. “We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” he tweeted, following the aborted Falcon 9 launch.

The tech billionaire announced he would come to the Florida launch sites in person this week.

“We’re doing a broad review of launch site, propulsion, structures, avionics, range & regulatory constraints this weekend. I will also be at the Cape next week to review hardware in person,” Musk tweeted, referring to SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral site.

Ars Technica notes this visit is significant because recently Musk has been focusing most of his energy on SpaceX’s Boca Chica site in Texas where the company has been building its next rocket design, called Starship, which it is developing to be fully reusable.

Inspecting the Florida sites at Cape Canavarel (where the Falcon 9 takes off) and the Kennedy Space center (where Starlink satellites are sent up into orbit) means going back to more established designs.

Per Ars Technica, SpaceX has already performed 90 Falcon 9 launches and previous failures to launch have more often been down to things like adverse weather conditions.