Skip to comments.SpaceX still doesn’t know why its spacecraft exploded last month
Posted on 05/02/2019 4:54:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Before the explosion, the test was proceeding according to plan, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceXs vice president of Mission Assurance, said at a press conference about SpaceXs upcoming resupply mission to the ISS. The capsule was tethered in place for the test, which was designed to make sure that the systems thrusters were working properly. Koenigsmann said that the capsule powered up as expected and then sets of smaller thrusters on either side of the vehicle called Dracos fired for five seconds each. Those tests went very well said Koenigsmann.
Then it was time to test the SuperDracos, the thrusters designed to carry the Crew Dragon and its passengers away from its rocket in case something went wrong on the pad or during launch. Approximately a half-second before the SuperDraco thrusters were supposed to fire, something went wrong.
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Something went wrong
Happens every day.
Somebody did something.
Assembled Bomb components tend to blow up real gud occasionally.
The Saturn V of Apollo fame was a ~2.5 kt non-nuclear bomb, that exploded in just one direction.
That’s about one sixth of the Little Boy gun-type atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima.
There’s a lot of telemetry and high speed video, so SpaceX likely has a good idea of the cause. They just aren’t saying at this time. Koenigsmann expressed confidence that it wasn’t the fuel tanks or the engines. I suppose that would leave fuel lines and valves.
It’s a dangerous bidness...
Weak spot in the 3D printing
...Sum Ting Wong..
I hope they didn’t stir anything, stirring is bad.
Mr. Hydrazine? Paging Mr Jack Hydrazine.
SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion | LZ-1 | 20th April 2019
Bursting with pride?
Sadly, I’ve heard nor seen anything of Jack for over a year. Not sure if he was zotted or left on his own.
He was a fountain of info on many things space-related.
Turbo pump failure?
Not knowing doesnt fly with manned programs.
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