On Saturday, when conducting a attest of a Space X Merlin engine it exploded at the Space X’s test facility located in McGregor, Texas. As per the report, the explosion occurred when testing a Block 5 Merlin engine. The engine will be in Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. However, the explosion will not affect the upcoming launching program of Space X as the Falcon 9 rocket currently operating by the Block 5 Merlin engine.
The report says, during the incident, no one was injured, and the company was followed all the safety protocol. Now the company is investigating this matter to find out the cause of the explosion.
The company stated, “now conducting a thorough and fully transparent investigation of the cause” of the explosion. “SpaceX is committed to our current manifest, and we do not expect this to have any impact on our launch cadence.”
It is said that the test center which is affected by the explosion to make it workable, the company will take around four weeks. When conducting a LOX Drop test the incident occurred. Under the LOX Drop test, the engine is filled with liquid oxygen and tested for if there any leaks.
As per the information, Space X will launch the Falcon 9 rocker around three more times in 2017. Nine Merlin engines will be used of for the launch. Next week Space X will conduct a launch from the Kennedy Space Centre, and that will be a national security mission.
Musk recently informed that this year the company will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket and for that 27 first stage engines will be used.
It is not for the first time the company has faced such explosion, in 2016, during a preflight test, a Falcon 9 rocket also had exploded on the launch pad which destroyed Amos-6 communication satellite.