Originally scheduled for September, the company's Falcon 9 rocket will not launch for several more months.
Even space flights get delayed nowadays. Hawthorne company Space X announced on Monday that their Falcon 9 rocket would not launch for “a couple months.”
NDTV reports the announcement was made at a spaceflight conference in Pasadena, California by Space X’s chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell. The company is still recovering from the June 28th incident in which their unmanned rocket exploded moments after take-off in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The flight was intended to bring supplies to the International Space Station. Instead it cost NASA over $110 million in destroyed supplies. As NY City reports, in July Space X founder and PayPal mogul Elon Mogul blamed the incident on a failure of a 2-foot strut carrying a part needed to move the rocket into its 2nd stage of liftoff. At the time, he claimed the company was now testing every strut individually and the next launch would happen no earlier than September.
Speaking at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic’s conference, Shotwell told listeners that the company was being hyper-cautious about preparing their next launch in response to the explosion. “What we wanted to do was take advantage of the lessons that we learned from that particular failure,” she said. Still, she admitted that, “it’s taking more time than we originally envisioned to get back to flight.”
NASA, which is conducting its own investigation into the rocket failure, has yet to comment on the delay.