Veteran satellite industry analyst Chris Quilty says SpaceX could be looking at a six-month stand down if its accident investigation reveals that internal tankage or plumbing on the Falcon caused the Sept. 1 pre-flight failure.
Spacecom, the owner of Amos-6, says it will be compensated for the destroyed satellite by both SpaceX and the satellite's manufacturer, IAI.
Shares in some satellite operators who were customers of SpaceX fell sharply Sept. 1 after a Falcon 9 rocket was destroyed in a launch pad incident.
The apparent explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle during a static fire test Sept. 1 could put into jeopardy the sale of one satellite operator.
Satellite fleet operator Space Communications (Spacecom) of Israel’s principal shareholders on Aug. 24 said they had agreed to sell the company to a Beijing conglomerate that has created a Luxembourg entity to manage the business for $285 million in cash.