Apparently SpaceX doesn't know yet what caused the Falcon 9 explosion. Is the UFO theory a possibility?
On September 1 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test run at the Cape Canaveral Space launch center. Elon Musk said after the explosion: "Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown."
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As reported, a video of the explosion by USLaunchReport makes some people think that an UFO or a drone is the cause of the explosion. And indeed the video makes you wonder what that super fast object is that appears right at the moment of the rocket exploding.
Elon Musk responded to the question if something has hit the rocket on Twitter, that they do not rule it out.
Elon Musk said yesterday on Twitter: "Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years. Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source."
He says that SpaceX in is particularly trying to understand the quieter bang sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off. The sound may come from rocket or something else.
Now SpaceX just sent out a call to the public to send them audio, photos or videos of the rocket explosion from last week. The material may be useful for investigation, SpaceX says. This is curious. Usually the data collected during an anomaly is containing the answer what went wrong. SpaceX wants now to look any footage that shows the explosion. After over a week of investigation, Elon Musk and his team have not found the cause of the explosion.
I personally want to know what that fast flying thing is that can be seen on this video.
If you have footage of the Falcon 9 explosion on September 1, you can email it to email@example.com.
If you have audio, photos or videos of our anomaly last week, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Material may be useful for investigation— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 9, 2016
Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2016