A week after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded on September 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, CEO Elon Musk has termed the launch pad accident as the “the most difficult and complex failure” in the company’s 14-year history. After the exposition destroyed a rocket and a communications satellite, Musk has sought help from the public in its ongoing investigation. Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years,” Musk tweeted after a week of public silence. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
Facebook s $200-million communications satellite that was destroyed during the pre-launch test was set to play a crucial role in the social networking site s plans of providing internet access to remote villages in Africa. While no one was injured during the explosion, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment in a note, while promising to come back stronger to fulfill his mission to “connect everyone”. Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
“If you have audio, photos or videos of our anomaly last week, please send to email@example.com. Material may be useful for investigation,” Musk appealed. Sharing some details on the ongoing investigation, Musk said that the accident happened during a routine filling operation. “Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source,” he said. ALSO READ: Major setback for Facebook s Internet.org as SpaceX rocket explodes on launch pad
“Particularly trying to understand the quieter bang sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off. May come from rocket or something else,” the SpaceX Chief Executive said. SpaceX, founded in 2002 by Musk, has been the face of American commercial space industry. It has been hired by the US space agency NASA to send cargoes and, ultimately, American astronauts, to the International Space Station. ASLO READ: OSIRIS-REx mission to continue despite SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosion: NASA
The mishap was also a setback for NASA, which has been counting on the private company to keep the International Space Station stocked with supplies and, ultimately, astronauts.