The crane used to make the communications towers aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule has suffered damage from the explosion, but it’s not expected to take long to repair the damage, SpaceX CEO Gwynne Shotwell said on Tuesday.
Shotwell told reporters on the company’s California rocket factory floor that repairs would likely take several weeks.
“We have some communication equipment that has been damaged in the explosion that’s going to need to be repaired,” she said.
Shotfield also said she did not know whether the damage to the tower was caused by a single-stage engine explosion.
“That is a subject of investigation,” Shotwell added.
“There’s still a lot of debris in the area, and we need to investigate that.”
Shotwell also said that SpaceX had repaired and was working to complete the crane equipment and wiring that was damaged in a single stage engine explosion aboard the Dragon capsule in December, which killed the astronauts.
“It is really critical for SpaceX to make sure the crane doesn’t come back in the field because we don’t want it to cause any more problems,” Shotfield said.
“There are a number of things that need to go right to make this happen.
There’s a lot more work to do, but that’s something we’ve been working on.”
SpaceX’s next launch will be a Falcon 9 rocket carrying two satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
It is currently expected to launch on April 6 from Vandenburg Air Force Station.
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