Explota un cohete de Space X durante una prueba en la base de Cabo Cañaveral

Explota cohete de Space X durante prueba en Cabo Cañaveral (Español/English+Video)

El cohete explotó durante el proceso de lanzamiento este jueves
El cohete explotó durante el proceso de lanzamiento este jueves

Un cohete manejado por la compañía aeroespacial Space X explotó en medio de una operación de lanzamiento en Cabo Cañaveral, en la costa este de Florida, EE.UU.

La Agencia Espacial de Estados Unidos, (NASA, por sus siglas en inglés), informó que la detonación ocurrió durante una prueba del cohete no tripulado, el Falcon 9 de Space X.

A su vez, en un comunicado la compañía atribuyó la explosión en “una anomalía” y dijo que nadie había resultado herido.

La carga útil del cohete, un satélite de comunicaciones que sería lanzado el sábado, también se perdió en la explosión.

Facebook, en colaboración con Eutelsat Communications, planeaba usar el satélite de fabricación israelí Amos-6 para ofrecer cobertura de internet de banda ancha a zonas del África subsahariana, como parte de su iniciativa Internet.org.

Testigos indicaron que sintieron una onda de choque y se pudo ver una densa columna de humo que salía de las instalaciones de lanzamiento.

El fundador de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, quien se encuentra de visita a África, dijo que estaba “profundamente decepcionado” de enterarse de que el satélite quedó destruido.

“Seguimos comprometidos con la misión de conectar a todos, y seguiremos trabajando hasta que todos tengan las oportunidades que este satélite iba a proveer”, dijo Zuckerberg en su perfil de Facebook.

Explota un cohete de Space X durante una prueba en la base de Cabo Cañaveral

El Falcon 9

El cohete Falcon 9 logró en 2015 realizar la primera operación de aterrizaje en una plataforma en medio del océano.

La hazaña de Space X, una compañía privada que realiza operaciones aeroespaciales, representó un paso crucial hacia la reutilización de los cohetes.

Sin embargo, en enero de este año el Falcon 9 tuvo una explosión sobre la plataforma de aterrizaje luego de que colapsó uno de sus soportes en el momento final de su llegada.

El objetivo de la empresa es reducir los costos de los programas espaciales privados con la fabricación de componentes reutilizables.

Ese mismo cohete también es utilizado para transportar cápsulas de suministros para la Estación Espacial Internacional.  (BBC Mundo)

English

SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

The force of the blast shook buildings several miles away.

SpaceX said “an anomaly” had occurred while the rocket was being loaded with fuel. No-one was injured, it said.

The rocket’s payload, an Israeli-built communications satellite for Facebook due to launch on Saturday, was also destroyed, it added.

Facebook, in partnership with Eutelsat Communications, had been due to use the Amos-6 satellite to deliver broadband internet coverage for swathes of sub-Saharan Africa as part of its Internet.org initiative.

SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is currently visiting Africa, said he was “deeply disappointed” to hear that the satellite had been destroyed.

“We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided,” he wrote on his Facebook account.

A leading Israeli space official said the loss of the Amos-6 satellite, valued at more than $200m (£150m) and owned by Spacecom, was a major blow to the industry.

“As far as the Israeli communications satellite industry is concerned, this is a very severe blow which could place the future of the industry in doubt if it is not dragged out of the mud,” said the chairman of the Israel Space Agency, Isaac Ben-Israel.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station said a “significant” explosion had happened just after 09:00 (14:00 GMT) at Launch Complex 40, which is leased by SpaceX.

SpaceX said in a statement: “The anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tanks and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station said a “significant” explosion had happened just after 09:00 (14:00 GMT) at Launch Complex 40, which is leased by SpaceX.

An employee at the nearby Kennedy Space Center took this image of the blast
An employee at the nearby Kennedy Space Center took this image of the blast

SpaceX said in a statement: “The anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tanks and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle.

A history of SpaceX in pictures

“As per standard operating procedure, all personnel were clear of the pad and no-one was injured. We are continuing to review the data to identify the root cause.”

SpaceX is aiming to create a new era of reusable rockets and affordable private space travel and has used its Falcon-9 rocket to take supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

In December last year, the California-based company successfully landed a Falcon-9 back on Earth after a mission to launch orbiting satellites – a first in rocketry.

SpaceX is run out of Hawthorne near Los Angeles by Elon Musk, who made his fortune with internet companies.

As well as being the rocket company’s CEO, he also heads up the Tesla electric car company.  (BBCNews)