SpaceX has been having some tough times ever since its Falcon 9 rockets exploded while being fueled for a routine pre-launch test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. With the investigation following the blast making little headway, we are left wondering about the future of SapceX’s other initiatives. However, SpaceX has recently made an statement in which it said that the investigation will not affect its Space Taxi program.
On September 1, a SpaceX rocket exploded while preparing to launch. The investigation into the cause of the explosion has been making little headway with CEO Elon Musk terming it as one of the toughest couple of weeks for the company. Meanwhile, the cause of the explosion remains unknown to this day with some putting third party interference to blame.
However, the company on Thursday said that the explosion or the corresponding investigation will not delay its efforts to develop Space Taxis.
It should be known that Boeing Co and SpaceX are both building spaceships that will fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in the near future, making a flight of around 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. The niche currently has a monopoly by Russians, who have traditionally ferried NASA astronauts to space with their Soyuz rockets.
NASA is looking to let other, private players into the field by giving the reins of crew transport to SpaceX and Boeing before the end of 2018. SpaceX, which certainly had the edge when it comes to experience, is seeking to make its first test flight to the ISS in 2017. The company has already flown over 70 missions for NASA and other clients.
While the recent accident was thought to have slowed down things, it appears as if SpaceX is not willing to let the program be hindered by anything. And there are certainly ample reasons for that. NASA is the best customer in a niche that doesn’t have many customers to speak of. As such, SpaceX certainly won’t want to compromise its position as the shuttle provider for NASA Astronauts for anything.
Speaking on the topic, Abhishek Tripathi, director of certification for SpaceX said,
We’re full-steam head for certification. We’re still trying to remain on schedule. I know what I need to do in the next day and in the next month.
Stressing that the work regime for the team developing the Space Taxi program is mostly unaffected.
However, it appears that the Florida launch pad has suffered significant damage and will be unavailable for launch for some time yet. While the company did say that it is hoping to resume flights from November, it will do so from a second, nearly complete launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.