SpaceX cites Falcon 9 booster landing failure on heat damage

After its latest launch on February 15, a Falcon 9 booster missed to land due to various “heat damage” it suffered, but a SpaceX authority stated he was sure that the boosters could be reused 10 or even more times. Hans Koenigsmann, the senior consultant for the build as well as flight reliability at the SpaceX, stated during a meeting of the 47th Spaceport Summit, which was held on February 23, that the aborted landing in an otherwise recent test of the Starlink satellites remained under investigation.

“It has to do with the heat disruption, but it’s a running inquiry,” he added, adding that the business was “near to nailing it down” and fixing the issue.  “At this moment in time, that is indeed all I can say.” The unsuccessful landing disrupted a series of two dozen effective Falcon 9 booster landings dating all the way back almost a year, either on the droneships or even on land. Videos from the booster’s return revealed that after the vehicle’s entry burn, the engines didn’t close down properly. The booster was not able to make it to droneship, and around the moment the booster was expected to land, the video from such a ship revealed a glow in the range.

Since that unsuccessful landing, SpaceX has not performed a Falcon 9 deployment. The next deployment is planned for no earlier than February 28 of another group of Starlink satellites. Other Falcon 9 buyers are keeping track of the inquiry. Joel Montalbano, who serves as the program manager of NASA International Space Station, stated at a February 19 interview that the organization was in talks with SpaceX about the inquiry to see if it included any complications that could impact the launch of the commercial crew of Crew-2 planned for April 20. ” We’re collaborating with them now to help comprehend what’s occurred, but it’s just too early to say whether we’re going to have any effect on that launch,” he stated.

From a safety viewpoint, another state official saw no problems with the missed landing. “This is what we consider an effective failure,” stated Wayne Monteith, the Federal Aviation Administration’s associate administrator in charge of commercial space transportation, during a panel discussion at Spaceport Summit. “Within the security framework, it struggled, and they secured public and public assets.” For us, even though a machine does not achieve all mission objectives, as long as it fails securely, that is successful in many respects,” he continued.” “Each one of these flights shows something new and makes it possible for the sector to move forward.”