SpaceX Explosion Caused By 'Large Breach' In The Helium System Of Falcon 9; Foreign Object Caused The Explosion? [VIDEO]By Ron S.
SpaceX had announced that the explosion was caused by an anomaly, wherein initial investigation pointed out a large hole in the helium system of the Falcon 9 rocket.
The root cause of the explosion is still unknown, but it is confirmed that the large hole in the helium system eventually led to the rocket erupting to pieces, as it had appeared in a tenth of a second before the catastrophic failure, the Daily Mail reported.
The investigation is being conducted by the Accident Investigation Team (AIT), which is comprised of representatives from SpaceX, NASA, FAA, the U.S. Air Force, as well as a few industry experts.
The team has to single out the root cause of the explosion, which the particular chain of events was apparently happened in a mere few seconds.
It was determined by the investigators that a large hole bore at the helium system of the rocket in a tenth of a second before a fireball erupted, which resulted in the casualty of the private aerospace company's Falcon 9, as well as its precious payload, the AMOS-6 Satellite, according to the SpaceX website.
SpaceX had stated that the team has yet to determine what had caused the large breach appearing at the helium system of the rocket; whether a mechanical malfunction had caused the hole, or a foreign object had hit the vessel.
The AIT has about 3,000 channels of engineering data to sift through, which includes audio and video feed of the anomaly, as well as images of the accident.
The accident, which happened on Sept. 1, sent ripples through the space industry; Facebook, the primary benefactor of the AMOS-6, lost its device to spread internet access to select parts of Africa.
Meanwhile, the Israeli company that had built the satellite, which eventually led to a $200 million loss, have stated that it would like to see several successful flights from SpaceX before continuing its relationship with Elon Musk's aerospace company.