Two weeks ago, the Digital appearance reported that the launch of the SpaceX Crew-5 mission was delayed by a month due to a problem with the Falcon 9 rocket launcher that occurred while transporting the vehicle from California to Texas. The take-off then moved to the end of September.
Similar to the image above, the launch vehicle for the Falcon 9 rocket that will be used for the SpaceX Crew-5 mission was damaged when it hit a bridge. Picture: Tom Durr –
At the time, however, the cause of the incident had not been revealed. During a press conference held this Thursday (4) via NASA videoconference, Benjamin Reed, senior director of SpaceX’s manned spaceflight program, gave an explanation: the booster was damaged in a collision. “The booster stage hit a bridge on the road. »
As usual before any launch, the booster was on a tractor-trailer traveling between a SpaceX factory in Hawthorne, California, and a test facility in McGregor, Texas when the crash occurred.
“We assessed this issue. It was a fairly small raid, but it still caused some damage,” Reed continued. “We decided to replace the composite intersection and some of the other components at this first stage. He added that SpaceX went through a “very robust analysis and testing process on this Falcon 9.”
The Crew-5 mission includes NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan’s Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina, as part of an established seat-swap partnership between Russia and the United States in a contract signed last month. They found out about the incident a few days later, according to the website. space.com.
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