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SpaceX Merlin rocket engine explodes during test

SpaceX Merlin rocket engine explodes during test”

One of the two cells was damaged during the anomaly and will need about two to four weeks of fix, as SpaceX noted.

The same incident was happened in 2015, in which SpaceX's uncrewed Falcon 9 exploded a few minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral but no one was injured or hurt.

The setback comes as SpaceX is having a record-setting year.

The company has vaulted its rockets from launch pads in Florida and California 16 times this year, doubling last year's total of eight - and more are on the way.

SpaceX has confirmed that it has lost one of its rocket engines due to an explosion earlier this week, which according to the company is now being investigated.

On Saturday, November 4, SpaceX experienced an anomaly during a qualification test set up of a Merlin engine at our rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

"All safety protocols were followed during the time of this incident", Ars Technica reports company spokesman, John Taylor, as saying.

The company said Tuesday in response to questions that it is "now conducting a thorough and fully transparent investigation of the root cause" of the explosion. The launch is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a spokesperson told the Post that there are no current plans to delay or change the launch manifest.

SpaceX is no stranger to rocket accidents.

All Falcon 9 rockets launched today use a design called block-four - a kind of "model year" for the rocket system. What do the photos show? The explosion occurred before the engine was lit, during a procedure known as a LOX drop.

A Falcon 9 rocket launches with cryogenic fog trailing it into the sky on January 14, 2017.

Merlin engines, which power Falcon 9 rockets, are built in Hawthorne, California and transported to McGregor for test fires, both individually and later when mounted onto rockets. "We can make all the block-fours we want", the source said.

The explosion has caused damage to the testing stand forcing SpaceX to discontinue the testing of its other engines until the test pad gets repaired.

The 1st stage Merlin test stand at McGregor is composed of two test cells. Experts said that this engine was never used in flight.

Then, in September 2016, another Falcon 9 experienced a rapid unscheduled break down; again, no one was killed or hurt.



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