Success, plus a shock, for SpaceX
March 16, 2017
By Chris Forrester
SpaceX successfully launched EchoStar-23 into transfer orbit in the early hours of March 16th. But news has emerged that SpaceX’s insurance costs for using the Kennedy Space Centre launch sites has risen 5-fold.
The USA’s Federal Aviation Commission granted permission to SpaceX for it to resume rocket launch flights from the Florida facility – but at a price.
SpaceX is now required to carry insurance against damage to government-owned property at the launch site totalling $63 million. The previous damage insurance was just $13 million.
But a catastrophic explosion while a rocket was in pre-flight mode on September 1st and caused millions in damages to Launch Pad 40, and put the pad out of action for some 6 months, has forced the FAA to insist on higher insurance cover.