After a string of successes, SpaceX encountered a setback with the failure of SpaceX CRS-7 mission yesterday. For cargo services to the International Space Station, it has been a somewhat unlucky string of missions. First, the Orbital Sciences Corporation Orb-3 cargo mission failed in October 2014, followed by the Russian Progress M-27M in April 2015. This makes three in the last year.
Regarding the SpaceX CRS-7 mission, here are a few links that cover the failure:
- Marcia Smith of the excellent SpacePolicyOnline.com provides a write-up on the preliminary cause of the CRS-7 failure.
- Here is NPR ‘s coverage of the failure.
- Lastly, here is NASASpaceflight.com’s detailed write-up on the failure.