Bad day at the office for SpaceX

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    The video pretty much speaks for itself: [LINK]

    The satellite that was due to be launched this weekend, AMOS-6, was an Israeli communications satellite.

    The absolute worst part is the payload, still in its shroud and loaded with its own maneuvering fuel, going splat after the booster collapses.

    No one was injured. The satellite was a total loss.


    What’s really interesting is that someone time-synced last year’s Dragon v2 pad abort test, using just the thrusters built into the capsule itself for launch emergencies, with the footage of the explosion this week. Would a manned capsule have survived?


    Quite a claim – SpaceX’s rocket blew up because of “a really surprising problem…never encountered before in the history of rocketry”. [LINK]

    Musk, confirming earlier discussion about the investigation, said the failure involved liquid helium being loaded into bottles made of carbon composite materials within the liquid oxygen tank in the rocket’s upper stage. This created solid oxygen, which Musk previously said could have ignited with the carbon composite materials.

    “It’s never happened before in history, so that’s why it took us a while to sort it out,” Musk said, adding that SpaceX has been working with NASA, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and commercial customers on the accident investigation. “This was the toughest puzzle to solve that we’ve ever had to solve.”

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