Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Shotwell: Couple More Months Before Falcon 9 Launches Again, Will be New Version

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said today that it will be a “couple of months” before the Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight, longer than the company anticipated. She also said it would be the first flight of an upgraded version of the rocket.

Speaking on a panel at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2015 conference in Pasadena, CA, Shotwell said the company still believes that the cause of the June 28 Falcon 9 failure was a bad strut in the upper stage. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that preliminary finding in late July, but said the investigation was ongoing. Shotwell said today nothing has changed that diagnosis.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.spacepolicyonline.com

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