SpaceX Struggles To Find Cause Of Falcon 9 Explosion

Posted: Jun 30 2015, 6:00am CDT | by , in Technology News


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SpaceX struggles to Find Cause of Falcon 9 Explosion
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SpaceX had launched six successful re-supply missions to the ISS. On Sunday the 7th mission (SpaceX CRS-7) was a total failure, destroying 4,000 pounds of cargo including a set of the Microsoft HoloLens virtual reality glasses.

A SpaceX mission was a total failure on Sunday. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft exploded just minutes after launch. SpaceX still struggles to find the cause of the explosion. Elon Musk said on Sunday on Twitter that there was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. He added that the data suggests counterintuitive cause.

Yesterday Musk posted that the cause is still unknown after investing several thousand engineering hours. Musk says that engineers use now a hex editor parsing the data to reconstruct what happened in the last milliseconds before the explosion.

The Falcon 9 failure has not caused any human casualties and the crew on the ISS has enough supplies for several months. The big problem though is that now the SpaceX rocket cannot be trusted anymore. The engineers must find the cause to fix it a 100%. SpaceX has been advancing in the NASA manned space program. The Falcon 9 explosion could push the Dragon Crew program back and even lose the NASA deal to Boeing.

SpaceX has already postponed the next Falcon 9 launch. NOAA planned to launch the Jason-3 mission on August 8 with SpaceX. Now they are working with NASA to find a new launch date.

In the video below SpaceX executives discuss the CRS-7 mission failure.

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