The explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, September 1st, 2016, was caught on camera. The explosion itself was TREMENDOUS and awesome to watch, but in the scheme of things, its explosion was a major setback for SpaceX.
The explosion didn’t just destroy the Falcon 9 rocket, it also blew up the $200 million Amos- 6 satellite into pieces! No, that’s not a good thing.
View the explosion here.
The explosion took place during a static fire test, something SpaceX does a couple of days before every mission to ensure that all systems are working properly. The mission was planned to launch that Saturday, September 3rd.
Ordinarily, once the rocket is fully fueled and the countdown reaches zero, the engines would fire for only a few seconds and then shut down. However, in a measure to save time, SpaceX and the Amos-6 satellite owner, Spacecom, decided to perform the test with the payload already on top. Agonizingly, approximately eight minutes prior to when the stage’s nine engines would have ignited, a poof of wonderful red flames occurred.
“The anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tank and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle,” as reported by SpaceX on its website the day of the explosion.
The “fast fire,” as Musk called it, caused damage to the Cape Canaveral launch pad.
How much damage and how long it would take to repair it, is still to be determined. It was one of the largest rocket explosions in U.S. spaceflight history and was the first pre-flight pad failure to occur at the Cape since the 1960s.
Odd enough, the explosion occurred during a routine filling operation. “Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source,” as tweeted by Elon Musk.
The explosion of such a wonderful piece of work just wants to bring the human population to tears. Imagine the devastation of all those engineers who had worked and dedicated their time to building that rocket. They just wanted to see their creation shoot up into the vacuum of space, only to see their dreams crushed due to a failure. It’s pretty depressing.
Still, it was a pretty epic explosion, lasting for several minutes.
To view the MARVELOUS explosion, click here.