4
$\begingroup$

I read on https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/spacex-to-launch-second-rideshare-pressuring-small-launch-industry/ (mirror 1, mirror 2):

The countdown clock got to T-11 seconds on Tuesday afternoon before SpaceX called a hold to the launch of its Transporter-2 rideshare mission. The scrub was necessitated by a range issue caused by an airplane in the launch zone. The company will now turn around the vehicle for another launch attempt on Wednesday afternoon.

Do space transportation firms such as SpaceX receive a financial compensation in the event that a launch is cancelled because of an airplane entering the launch zone?

$\endgroup$
10
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I swapped tags; a scrubbed launch during countdown doesn't count as a mission failure, and the scrub until the next launch window (tomorrow?) was for reasons of range safety. Different but related: What aircraft scrubbed SpaceX's Transporter-2 Mission first attempt? How “unreasonably gigantic” was the exclusion zone? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 30 at 4:32
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @uhoh noted, thanks! $\endgroup$ Jun 30 at 4:33
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ you might also consider asking a second question like "What are likely to be the most expensive aspects of scrubbing a Falcon 9 mission and attempting again the next day?" I think the total amount is quite substantial, and asking for the aspects instead of an amount avoids the issues of getting accurate numbers or addressing cost to the various military, federal and state government and private organizations involved. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 30 at 4:52
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @uhoh good idea, interesting question indeed, but you're welcome to do it, I don't want to take away your idea :) I did think of the size of the exclusion zone but not that one. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 at 4:57
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ I suspect that SpaceX could sue the owner / operator of the airplane. But other than that, I suspect it's just a cost of doing business, with the cost of a potential delayed launch being one of the many, many things that a launch provider must factor into the amount the provider charges for a launch. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 at 6:42

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.