Space enthusiasts were eagerly awaiting the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday, August 30th, carrying the SXM-7 satellite created by SiriusXM. However, the excitement soon turned to disappointment when the satellite failed to reach its intended orbit due to an unfortunate incident.
The SpaceX Launch Complex 40 in Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was where the launch took place. According to SpaceX, everything was going well until the second stage separation when the engines failed. The rocket fell apart and the SXM-7 satellite was lost.
This is not the first time that the failure of a rocket launch has occurred, but what makes this incident interesting is that it happened at the hands of a privately-owned spacecraft instead of a government entity. The fact that private companies can contribute to space exploration is a massive benefit for the industry, but it also comes with its risks.
SpaceX promises to investigate the issue and determine what happened to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. In addition, SiriusXM will work with another company to build a replacement satellite, which is estimated to cost around $225 million, and launch it sometime during 2022.
The importance of space exploration is undeniable, and this accident highlights the risks that come with it. Learning from these incidents is crucial, yet exploring the final frontier requires taking risks and making mistakes to progress. While it is disappointing, it is important to remember that this can be seen as another necessary step in our continued journey of exploring space.