SpaceX Falcon 9 Explosion Occurred Due To Helium System Breach

Posted: Sep 24 2016, 4:34am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


SpaceX Falcon 9 Explosion Occurred due to Helium System Breach
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  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Fiasco probably due to Helium System being Breached

It is being said that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fiasco probably occurred due to its helium system being breached.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 explosion was most likely caused by a breach in its cryogenic helium system. This occurred aboard the space vehicle’s upper oxygen tank.

Nevertheless, SpaceX officials have denied that the accident was in any way linked with last year’s Falcon 9 explosion. In the latter case, a rocket exploded while on its journey to the ISS. On September 1st, a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral.  

All this took place while the rocket was being set up for a static fire preliminary launch. It involved turning the engines fully on while the rocket was constrained.

What was to be assured was that the rocket and an Israeli satellite would reach orbit thanks to the operations that would follow. Yet such was the tragedy that both rocket and satellite got burnt to cinders in the ensuing explosion.

SpaceX is doing an inventory of the possible causes. The helium system breach may be the most prime cause of this explosion, according to SpaceX

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A tree diagram of causes has been made and all the possible mishaps and malfunctions are being considered. Yet until now an exact cause has not been pinpointed with accuracy.

It seems that 3000 channels of data are to be investigatd before a fixed spot of problematic dimensions can be the focal point. This can only be reached with great difficulty in the aftermath of the explosion.

Audio-visual recordings of the accident are being played and replayed for further analysis. Ultimately the crux of the matter is a spot in the video that is just 93 milliseconds in duration.

While this explosion is in no way connected to the explosion which took place in 2015, both show similarities in their mode of operation. 

The issues began with the upper liquid oxygen tanks of both vehicles. Also the helium system was involved in both cases. This is rather an intriguing find.

Yet there are differences. The failure which occurred last year was due to a faulty strut. Also the condition of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral was described by the staff of SpaceX.

Large parts of the pad were destroyed in the process. Yet the control systems for the pad are still intact. It’s a good thing that other hardware connected with the pad is still in a wholesome state.

Meanwhile, the SpaceX administration has announced that it wants to enter the space race once again and it will return to normal operations pretty soon.

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