NASA’s Stephanie Scheirholz reports that the CRS-7 anomaly investigation will be led by Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of Mission Assurance for SpaceX.
Today’s press conference about the anomaly of the CRS-7 launch will include the following officials:
Stephanie Schierholz, NASA Office of Communications
Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX (via phone)
William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA Human Exploration and Operations (via video)
Michael Suffredini, Program Manager, International Space Station
Pamela Underwood, Federal Aviation Administration (via phone)
Today’s news conference about the CRS-7 launch anomaly will take place no earlier than 12:50 p.m. EDT.
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission.
“We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months. We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight. The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles. We will continue operation of the station in a safe and effective way as we continue to use it as our test bed for preparing for longer duration missions farther into the solar system.
“A Progress vehicle is ready to launch July 3, followed in August by a Japanese HTV flight. Orbital ATK, our other commercial cargo partner, is moving ahead with plans for its next launch later this year.
“SpaceX has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first six cargo resupply missions to the station, and we know they can replicate that success. We will work with and support SpaceX to assess what happened, understand the specifics of the failure and correct it to move forward. This is a reminder that spaceflight is an incredible challenge, but we learn from each success and each setback. Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our ambitious human spaceflight program.”
SpaceX and company founder Elon Musk said this on Twitter about today’s CRS-7 launch anomaly:
SpaceX: The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent. Team is investigating. Updates to Come.
Musk: Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.
SpaceX CRS-7 launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:21 a.m. EDT. After liftoff, an anomaly occurred. SpaceX is evaluating the issue and NASA Television will carry a news conference no earlier than 12:30 p.m.
At this point, it’s not clear to the launch team exactly what happened, NASA Launch Commentator George Diller reports.
Eastern Range confirms the Falcon 9 and Dragon vehicle broke up.
The Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft are soaring through the morning sky in Florida. Vehicle supersonic, controller reports.
Falcon 9 has cleared the tower!