A SpaceX technician fell into a coma after a rocket test accident

According to the report of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was first published in Semafor, this technician was checking pneumatic pressure on January 18, 2022 (28 January 1400) at the company's factory in Hawthorne, California. It was a Raptor 2 engine that suddenly released a fuel control cover. At the time of the incident, the procedure was carried out "using an automated program, as opposed to the typical manual procedure used in previous procedures." The report added that the technician suffered a fractured skull and head trauma. "He was in a coma for two months and was hospitalized." Thus, SpaceX was fined $18,475 by OSHA for the safety violations that led to the accident. However, this company has not filed an appeal until press time.

According to the report of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was first published in Semafor, this technician was checking pneumatic pressure on January 18, 2022 (28 January 1400) at the company's factory in Hawthorne, California. It was a Raptor 2 engine that suddenly released a fuel control cover. At the time of the incident, the procedure was carried out "using an automated program, as opposed to the typical manual procedure used in previous procedures." The report added that the technician suffered a fractured skull and head trauma. "He was in a coma for two months and was hospitalized." Thus, SpaceX was fined $18,475 by OSHA for the safety violations that led to the accident. However, this company has not filed an appeal until press time.

According to Business Insider, this technician named "Francisco Cabada" is from Los Angeles and the father of three children. A page created on the GoFundMe crowdfunding website by the Kabada family has so far raised more than $50,000 to support his children until he fully recovers.

In one of the messages sent "I can't imagine the pain your family is going through, but please know that the entire SpaceX family is working hard for Francisco's recovery and we are praying for your family," the page read.

By Semafor Cabada Now She is no longer in a coma, but still unable to communicate and "would not survive without medical help, according to a family lawyer and her brother." determined and its investigation is still ongoing. SpaceX has not yet made a statement about this incident to the public or its employees.

SpaceX's Raptor 2 engine is the company's innovative engine for the new Starship rocket and the powerful Super Heavy booster. . A set of fully recoverable rockets that, after riding on each other, form the tallest rocket in the world with a height of 120 meters.

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The super heavy booster uses 33 Raptor 2 engines for launch And then Starship continues its flight using six Raptor 2 engines. SpaceX plans to use Starship to land NASA astronauts on the moon in the Artemis 3 mission, as well as fly space tourists on at least two separate flights around the moon, and send humans to Mars in the following years.

Cover photo: View of the SpaceX building in Hawthorne
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