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Musk’s SpaceX fined more than $18,000 after a rocket test accident put a technician in coma

OSHA imposed a $18,475 punishment on SpaceX for two safety infractions connected to the event.

Space missions may seem exhilarating, but they are also quite dangerous. The execution team is uncertain about anything until the mission is a success. Numerous accidents occur at this time.

During the testing of the rocket engine, a SpaceX technician reportedly suffered a brain injury that put him in a coma for two months, according to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, owns the business SpaceX. According to reports, the Raptor 2 engine’s fuel controller malfunctioned on January 18 of this year, when a technician was monitoring the pneumatic pressure on the engine at the company’s facility in California.

Space.com published the OSHA report of the incident.   The technician had a skull fracture in this incident. He “spent two months hospitalized in a coma.” OSHA also assessed an $ 18,475 punishment on SpaceX for security lapses. So yet, SpaceX has not commented on this issue.

Francisco Cabada, a native of Los Angeles, has been named as the technician, according to Business Insider. More than $50,000 has been gathered via a “GoFundMe” website set up by Kabada’s family so that they won’t have to deal with financial hardships.

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SpaceX technicians are handling one of dozens of heat shields that will eventually protect the Raptors Super Heavy B7 from themselves. (NASASpaceflight – Bokashikagal | Jul 3, 2022)

Although Kabada is reportedly no longer unconscious, he still cannot talk. His family and the attorney engaged in the case claim that he needs the doctor’s assistance to live.

The investigation is still ongoing, and OSHA has also issued a fine in this case. SpaceX has not yet released a comment on the event to the general public or its personnel.

When it comes to its new Starship rocket and ultra-heavy booster, SpaceX always uses the Raptor 2 engine. This automobile is reusable. Future missions will often employ this engine.

Significantly, NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are working together to prepare a number of missions. The corporation has agreements for millions of dollars with some of the wealthiest individuals in the world to carry common people to the moon.

With inputs from Space.com & Huntdailynews

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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