Rocket exploded few minutes after launching in Florida

Rocket exploded few minutes after launching in Florida

American Falcon-9 rocket broke apart and exploded just few minutes after its launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

American Falcon-9 rocket broke apart and exploded just few minutes after its launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Rocket’s detritus fell into the Atlantic Ocean. The flight was supposed to be successful on Sunday. The rocket was trying to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station. Apart from food and other supplies for astronauts, the rocket was also carrying a new docking port.

When the rocket broke into pieces, NASA commentator George Diller said: “The vehicle has broken up.” After that he showed photos of Falcon-9 debris.

We appear to have had a launch vehicle failure

The rocket failed on the first stage of the separation from the top segment of  the Falcon-9. It happened on 139th second in the air.

Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, wrote on his Twitter account:

There was an overpressure event in the upper-stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause. That’s all we can say with confidence right now. Will have more to say following a thorough fault tree analysis

Now, SpaceX is to undergo a special investigation. It will be supervised by the Federal Aviation Authority and Nasa. Californian station is going to be resupplied. Thus, in the nearest future Falcon-9 won’t be launched.

Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX said in his statement:

Once we identify the issues we will submit that documentation to the FAA and it will be considered prior to the next flight

I don’t have a timeline for that right now. It certainly isn’t going to be a year – (more likely) a month or so

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The moment of the crash

 

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