Before SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded, a quieter bang sound was heard a few seconds before the fireball went off. In addition to the mystery sound, a mysterious UFO was spotted in the video footage seconds before the rocket exploded.
The mysterious and devastating explosion that destroyed Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket and the satellite it was carrying has created quite a buzz in recent weeks. According to reports, the catastrophic explosion was caused due to a massive ‘breach’ in the rocket’s helium cooling system.
According to reports of a preliminary investigation led by SpaceX, a hole in the cryogenic system -which cools the upper oxygen tank of the rocket- occurred seconds before the explosion, and is most likely to have been the catalyst for the catastrophic chain of events that followed.
However, SpaceX has still no idea WHAT caused the massive breach in the cryogenic system.
In recent weeks researchers and the general public have been speculating that an object crashed into the rocket during fueling, making it explode.
SpaceX released a statement saying it is not ruling out anything as they are still investigating what exactly occurred.
In recent days, launch specialists from SpaceX have been searching for the culprit intensively as they are watching over and over again the footage and data from the explosion hoping to come to the bottom of the catastrophic explosion, and whether or not ‘something’ collided with the rocket during fuelling.
What SpaceX knows so far
While it’s too early to say for certain what happened with the rocket, the company had acknowledged that a large breach in the helium system occured moments before the massive fireball swallowed the rocket.
According to SpaceX’s website:
“At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place. [Updated 09/24: At this time, the cause of the potential breach remains unknown.] All plausible causes are being tracked in an extensive fault tree and carefully investigated. Through the fault tree and data review process, we have exonerated any connection with last year’s CRS-7 mishap.”
“The Accident Investigation Team (AIT), composed of SpaceX, the FAA, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and industry experts, are currently scouring through approximately 3,000 channels of engineering data along with video, audio and imagery. The timeline of the event is extremely short – from first signs of an anomaly to loss of data is about 93 milliseconds or less than 1/10th of a second. The majority of debris from the incident has been recovered, photographed, labeled and catalogued, and is now in a hangar for inspection and use during the investigation.”
Not long after the explosion destroyed the rocket, Elon Musk tweeted:
‘Particularly trying to understand the quieter bang sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off. May come from rocket or something else.’
However, some users who rushed to analyse the video footage for themselves have found that a mysterious ‘UFO’ appeared next to the rocket seconds before it exploded.