SpaceX close to fig­ur­ing out rocket fail­ure

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — SpaceX still is try­ing to fig­ure out what caused its rocket to break apart dur­ing liftoff nine days ago, but is get­ting close to an an­swer, the com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive said Tues­day. The un­manned Fal­con 9 rocket car­ry­ing cargo for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion had just lifted off on June 28 when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. Speak­ing Tues­day at a con­fer­ence in Bos­ton, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the trou­ble ap­peared to be in the up­per stage, with an over­pres­sur­iza­tion of the liq­uid oxy­gen tank. Nev­er­the­less, the Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany is putting to­gether what he calls a “su­per-de­tailed” timeline, mil­lisec­ond by mil­lisec­ond. So far, a lead­ing the­ory has yet to emerge, Musk told at­ten­dees of the space sta­tion re­search and de­vel­op­ment con­fer­ence. The avail­able data are dif­fi­cult to in­ter­pret, and so “what­ever hap­pened is clearly not a sort of sim­ple, straight­for­ward thing,” he said. Nev­er­the­less, he hopes to have some­thing de­fin­i­tive to say by week’s end. “Ob­vi­ously, it’s a huge blow to SpaceX. We take these mis­sions in­cred­i­bly se­ri­ously,” Musk said.

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