The helium loading process into the Falcon 9 rockets is set for an improvement. The company hopes to resume launches by the end of this year.
Although SpaceX is yet to point a finger at the cause of the explosion that brought down its Falcon 9, the good news is that it’s ready to get back to business.
With regard to the cause of the explosion, SpaceX said it is at “advanced state,” and it’s confident that it plans to resume stage testing in Texas within the “coming days.”
The company hopes to resume launches by the end of December 31.
According to SpaceX the most likely cause of the explosion is a composite which overwrapped pressure vessels inside the liquid oxygen tank. Its investigators could consistently reproduce a problem solely through the pressure and temperature conditions experienced while loading helium.
Naturally, in forthcoming launches, the company will improve its helium loading conditions so that it can “reliably” service Falcon 9 rockets.
This is welcome news for Space. In its race to win back lost trust from partners who are worried of a repeat loss of their payload, SpaceX has found the most likely cause of the explosion. The partners now know that such explosions are unlikely to recur.
For SpaceX this is crucial since it effects its long term plan for colonizing Mars. It needs to demonstrate to its partners that it has got its manned flights in control.