Thursday, September 1, 2016

Boom!

Space X had another rocket accident today. A Falcon 9 being refueled for a test burn exploded on the pad, damaging the pad and destroying a communications satellite destined for use over an underserved part of Africa.

Nobody was injured.

The cause is still unknown, but the explosion appeared to happen near the oxygen tank for the upper stage and during refueling - so a fuel leak would seem the likely culprit.