Sabotage?

Sabotage?

Postby Spider » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:12 pm

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Rumors of potential sabotage are gathering around the investigation of the explosion during a recent SpaceX launch test.

SpaceX has been investigating the early September failure of a Falcon 9 rocket that caught fire and exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad just days before it was scheduled to launch.

The Washington Post reported that the inquiry has taken a "bizarre twist," suggesting SpaceX is considering sabotage a possible cause of the explosion. According to the Post, a SpaceX employee sought access to facilities belonging to SpaceX competitor United Launch Alliance — a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

SpaceX investigators came across something suspicious when reviewing video of the failure — "an odd shadow and then a white spot" on the roof of a ULA building, according to the Post. A SpaceX employee seeking access to the building was turned away, but Air Force investigators later dispatched to the facility did not find anything on the roof.

SpaceX sent a statement CNBC saying that a "preliminary review of the data and debris suggests a breach in the second stage's helium system" on the Falcon 9, "but the cause of the breach is still unknown."

ULA has not yet returned CNBC's calls for comment.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has also expressed puzzlement at what might have caused the breach. Earlier this month he tweeted "Particularly trying to understand the quieter bang sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off. May come from rocket or something else."

Musk has called this failure the "most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years," and that the explosion happened during a routine filling operation, when there were no engines on and no apparent heat source. "The Accident Investigation Team has an obligation to consider all possible causes of the anomaly, and we aren't commenting on any specific potential cause until the investigation is complete," the SpaceX statement noted.

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/sabotage-speculation-gathers-around-spacex-explosion-n658821

Oh snap. Really would be delicious for ULA to be behind this...
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Re: Sabotage?

Postby John Galt » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:52 pm

i'd consult with brother occam before throwing in with the conspiracy theory. furtyher, since it was on the pad it's just their investigation, but as they want to put government assets in the air i think the feds should look into this and not just believe whatever musk says
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Re: Sabotage?

Postby NAB » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:01 am

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Re: Sabotage?

Postby spacemonkey » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:37 am

You would expect the blast to probably be around the fuel tanks, not the payload. But who knows?
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Re: Sabotage?

Postby Spider » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:58 pm

spacemonkey wrote:You would expect the blast to probably be around the fuel tanks, not the payload. But who knows?


...you do realize this launcher has more than one stage, right? You can literally see the payload fall to the ground after the rest of the rocket has already gone up in flames.
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Re: Sabotage?

Postby spacemonkey » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:30 am

If they found foul play, do you think they would fess up?
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Re: Sabotage?

Postby Philly » Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:18 am

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