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Launch Pad Explosion during Static Test Fire - Sept 1 2016

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by NigelM, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    NBC reporting no injuries.
     
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    Explosion Rocks SpaceX Launch Site in Florida During Test

    "NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred Thursday morning. The test, considered routine, was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station."

    Apparently multiple explosions followed over several minutes.
     
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    Was this a previously launched rocket?
     
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    from what i've read, it was not, but i dont think anyone knows for sure yet at this point.
     
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    Quite heavy duty STRONG back if still standing...

    "45th Space Wing: no known casualties at this time. And no threat to the general public"
     
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    Damn.


    No the first "flight proven" launch is SES 10 in a few months. This would have been a brand new rocket.
     
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    It's been reported that they planned to reuse a rocket for the Amos 6 launch, but no word (yet) as to whether that's the one that has exploded.

    Breaking news says that explosion occurred during an engine test.
     
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    Isn't that the rocket still standing in the middle of the launch pad?
     
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    Israeli "satellite" explosion?
     
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    That's Transporter/Erector strongback
     
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    That's what it looks like to me - Maybe it's a pad explosion and not the rocket itself.
     
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    I've seen a claim the satellite wasn't on the rocket. Seems a bit late in the campaign to be integrating that after this test.
     
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    There's nothing in that photo that looks good.
     
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    Looks like loss of both rocket and payload. Ouch.
     
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    Repeated explosions can be heard/seen here from ~13 sec mark onwards, fire tenders at ~25 sec mark:
     

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