09/15/2016 – Ephemeris – SpaceX has an explosion in its Falcon 9 second stage
Ephemeris for Thursday, September 15th. The Sun will rise at 7:22. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 30 minutes, setting at 7:52. The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:01 tomorrow morning.
The rocket company SpaceX had one of its Falcon 9 Rockets explode as it was being fueled for a test firing to check out its booster engines on September first. The second stage, which was being loaded with fuel exploded. Even if a tank had been ruptured, there should be no ignition source to cause the explosion. Unfortunately the satellite, AMOS-6 a communications satellite destined for geosynchronous orbit, was already mounted on the rocket, and can be seen falling off the rocket just after the explosion. This is the second failure of a Falcon 9. In June of last year a helium tank inside the liquid oxygen tank in the second stage broke loose and ruptured the tank, while still being boosted by the first stage. It took a few seconds after the rupture before the fuel ignited causing the explosion that ended the mission. SpaceX has issued a request for videos or anything that might shed light on the latter accident.
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