Elon Musk to visit 2 SpaceX launch sites in Florida following tech scrubs
by Asya Geydarova
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 05, 2020
After the second recent cancellation of a Falcon 9 rocket launch, Musk apparently wants to see for himself what is going wrong, as his goal is to increase the total number of launch missions to 48 in 2021.
Elon Musk will visit two SpaceX launch sites soon - one at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the other at Kennedy Space Center - according to tweets he posted recently.
Replying to a user who asked what the stumbling block was for SpaceX and enumerated a number of possible issues, Musk said that all of the obstacles mentioned were a factor, adding that he is going to visit the Cape next week to review everything himself.
On Friday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to launch an upgraded GPS satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral, but was cancelled for the second time, after on Thursday, a Starlink launch was also scrubbed. According to Musk, an "unexpected ground-sensor reading" and "an unexpected pressure rise in the turbomachinery gas generator" were the causes behind the scrubs.
The Starlink launch is now set for a second attempt at Kennedy Space Center on Monday, 5 October. Previously, however, the launches were cancelled primarily to complicating weather conditions, rather than to some technical issues on the ground.
Source: RIA Novosti
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