Firefighters extinguished a minor fire Sunday on the roof of a building SpaceX is leasing at Port Canaveral.
The fire caused some damage to the roof of the building SpaceX started leasing earlier this year for storage of rocket boosters after landing.
SpaceX said in a statement Sunday evening that no SpaceX hardware was damaged, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. [WESH-TV Orlando]
Language creating a Space Corps made it through the House version of a defense authorization bill, but its future is unclear. The House voted 344–81 Friday to approve the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language requiring the Air Force to create a Space Corps to handle space duties. Support for the Space Corps, though, is not as strong in the Senate, whose version of the NDAA lacks the Space Corps provision. The Senate bill instead creates the new position of Chief Information Warfare Officer whose responsibilities would include space and launch systems. That would likely mean the Space Corps future will depend on the outcome of the conference that will work out differences between the House and Senate bills. [SpaceNews]
An incident during launch preparations could postpone next month’s launch ...