Astronomy News

The SpaceX Explosion

WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT??  I was out of town and following things along on my phone and this happens – it was just a static fire.

From this video it looks like the initial anomaly occurred at the upper stage near the vent.  I am waiting to hear what actually happened.  The video below from the BBC is excellent, but watch quick because there isn’t any lag to the incident.

So what could happen to cause this?  I can’t wait to find out.  I wouldn’t rule out the possibility the vented gases were ignited someplace external to the rocket and therefore not point to a issue with the rocket itself.  Sherlock Holmes I am not, but when I hear the news I did not expect the incident to start from the upper part of the rocket. WOW!

UPDATE SpaceX confirms the location of the initiating event (upper stages) and the incident occurred during fueling.