SpaceX: Falcon 9 rocket explosion was due to helium leak in system




SpaceX has let know that the explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket was caused by “a leak in the helium cryogenic system. Earlier this month, the rocket exploded during a test, which also lost the satellite on board.

SpaceX announced that the investigation into the incident was carried out by the ‘Accident Investigation Team, “which among other things includes the company itself, NASA and the US Air Force. In addition, the team has analyzed about three thousand channels of data with video, audio and images. It turned out that has been sitting between the first signs of a deviation and the actual explosion about one-tenth of a second. A first estimate of the data would indicate a leak in the system of the helium tank with liquid oxygen in the second stage of the rocket.

The exact cause of the leak, the team has yet to determine on the basis of the available data. A connection with an explosion in 2015 can be ruled out, however, according to SpaceX. An inspection of the site where the explosion took place, LC 40 at Cape Canaveral, revealed that the surrounding infrastructure has remained largely intact. SpaceX expected in November again to carry out flights.

The explosion, which earlier this month took place shortly before a static fire test, the Falcon 9 rocket was lost including an onboard satellite. This involved an Amos 6 communications satellite of the Israeli SPACECOM. The organization would then financial compensation or a free flight of SpaceX.



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