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News Archive / Tagged: AMOS-6

  • 1 year after Falcon 9 explosion, SpaceX makes 2017 its banner year

    Collin SkocikSeptember 1st, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One year ago, on Sept. 1, 2016, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida during a seemingly routine static fire test. The fireball destroyed not only the rocket and a large portion of the launch pad but also a satellite belonging to the Israeli company Spacecom, which was scheduled to launch just three days later. The company has come a long way since then.

  • SpaceX teases with Falcon Heavy interstage photo

    Derek RichardsonDecember 29th, 2016

    SpaceX teased a photo of its Falcon Heavy rocket by posting a picture of the interstage of the heavy-lift booster. In addition to its backlogged manifest, the Hawthorne, California-based company hopes to launch the vehicle sometime in 2017.

  • Explosion rattles windows during SpaceX test in Texas

    Bart LeahyNovember 21st, 2016

    The Waco Tribune (TX) reported an explosion at SpaceX’s facility in McGregor, Texas, on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The explosion, which occurred during a pressurization test at the company’s research and development facility, caused no injuries or damage and the local fire department did not take action after the incident.

  • SpaceX still expects to resume launches by end of year

    Heather SmithOctober 14th, 2016

    SpaceX will continue operations to resume launches despite their payload processing facility being damaged by Hurricane Matthew last week. The storm caused damage to the building's roof and siding as well as blowing out its windows. Still, this has not deterred the company's plans to continue launching its Falcon 9 rockets by the end of the year.

  • Shotwell: ‘We did something to that rocket, and we’re going to find it and we’re going to fix it.’

    Larry KlaesOctober 8th, 2016

    SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell addressed the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) 2016 conference held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 5, 2016, answering questions about the company's status – including the Amos-6 satellite disaster.

  • Conspiracy theories regarding Amos-6 Falcon 9 explosion not based on physics, reality

    Eric ShearOctober 4th, 2016

    On Sept. 1, 2016, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and its payload of the Amos-6 satellite were lost in a massive fireball. The NewSpace firm is investigating the accident. With little information available, an array of causes have been put forward as to what might have happened. Some are less believable than others.

  • SpaceX focusing on helium system in Falcon 9 test anomaly

    Bart LeahySeptember 29th, 2016

    SpaceX recently announced that the Accident Investigation Team (AIT) had narrowed the source of the Sept. 1, 2016, anomaly that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its satellite payload prior to a ground propulsion test. While the NewSpace company has not yet identified the actual cause of the anomaly, the accident itself appears to have originated in the second stage cryogenic helium system.

  • Falcon 9 explosion narrowed to helium system failure

    Curt GodwinSeptember 24th, 2016

    The first sign of an anomaly and the loss of the Falcon 9 rocket with the AMOS-6 satellite during a pre-flight test propellant loading operation on Sept. 1, 2016, took place in the blink of an eye. After poring over data, SpaceX engineers have narrowed down the likely cause of the explosion to a failure in the upper stage's helium system.

  • Gripping details emerge of 45th Space Wing’s response to SpaceX explosion

    Curt GodwinSeptember 13th, 2016

    A recent post by the 45th Space Wing highlights the dangerous nature of spaceflight, that NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission was in jeopardy, and that – when it comes to rockets – nothing is routine.

  • Falcon 9 explosion could be ‘most difficult and complex failure’ in SpaceX history

    Eric ShearSeptember 10th, 2016

    It has been over a week since the Sept. 1 launch pad explosion that destroyed both the Falcon 9 rocket and the $200 million Amos-6 satellite. In that time, SpaceX has shed few details about what exactly happened. In a Sept. 9 post on Twitter, the company CEO and founder, Elon Musk, said the failure could be "the most difficult and complex" the NewSpace firm has had to deal with in 14 years.

  • Spacecom to claim compensation from IAI, SpaceX for Amos-6 loss

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 4th, 2016

    Spacecom, owner of the Amos-6 satellite that was destroyed in the Sept. 1 pad explosion along with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket tasked with lofting it into orbit, is preparing to claim compensation from the satellite's manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, as well as SpaceX.

  • SpaceX releases updates on Amos-6 Falcon 9 accident

    Jason RhianSeptember 2nd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has released updates regarding the Sept. 1, 2016, accident that saw a Falcon 9 rocket and the Amos-6 satellite it carried destroyed. The NewSpace company has provided regular posts since the accident took place at 9:07 a.m. EDT (13:07 GMT) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-40.

  • NASA, US Air Force issue statements regarding SpaceX Falcon 9 accident

    Jason RhianSeptember 2nd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two of SpaceX's primary customers issued statements shortly after the Hawthorne, California-based company's Falcon 9 rocket exploded at 9:07 a.m. EDT (13:07 GMT). The resulting explosion caused the complete loss of both the rocket and the Amos-6 satellite it carried.

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 with Amos 6 explodes at SLC-40

    Jason RhianSeptember 1st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX encountered a serious anomaly during the static test fire of the Falcon 9 rocket tasked with carrying the Amos-6 satellite. According to the 45th Space Wing, the accident occurred at 9:07 a.m. EDT (13:07 GMT) with images of billowing black smoke and flames appearing on social media outlets such as Twitter.

  • SpaceX set to launch heaviest payload to date as Tropical Storm Hermine looms

    Curt GodwinSeptember 1st, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While they keep a close eye on a tropical storm churning out in the Gulf of Mexico, SpaceX is continuing with launch preparations for its heaviest payload to date: the 12,125 pound (5,500 kilogram) Spacecom AMOS-6 satellite.