ESA, CSF Weigh in on Failed Falcon 9 launch

Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
Dragon capsule separated from Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain

Hearing the news of today’s loss of SpaceX CRS-7 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain stated: “We at the European Space Agency deeply regret this failure that shows that sending launchers into space is a very hard job. However a failure does not undermine all the previous successes. We wish our colleagues on the other side of the ocean all our best in fixing the problem and getting back into flight again soon”.

Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation commends the hard work of the entire SpaceX and NASA teams in preparation for today’s launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the cargo to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are celebrated for their historic and unprecedented track record within NASA’s Commercial Cargo Program, having previously completed six successful resupply missions. Today, the Falcon 9 rocket experienced an anomaly shortly before the first stage shutdown. SpaceX is conducting a full investigation.

“Failures are inevitable with new space launch systems,” reminded CSF President Eric Stallmer, “but what’s not inevitable is the amazing success of a track record that a commercial launch provider like SpaceX has and continues to enjoy. While today’s events remind us that there is still work to be done, we commend the team at SpaceX and NASA for their dedication to leveraging innovative commercial concepts designed to reduce the cost of access space. The private sector’s commitment to continually improving the capabilities and performance of their vehicles is undeniable, and I have no doubt that the team will resolve this issue in a timely manner.”