According to reports from Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, the Falcon 9 rocket exploded BEFORE it was powered up. The firm has NOT ruled out a ‘mystery object’ causing the explosion. Musk emphasizes that this is the “most difficult and complex failure we have ever had.”
Let’s face it; SpaceX is going through its worst in 14 years.
When the company was doing so great, on September the 1st, an “anomaly” on the launch pad caused the destruction of the AMOS-6 satellite belonging to Facebook. What happened on the Launchpad and why the rocket exploded is still a mystery for Elon Musk.
The Founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX broke silence on Friday saying that the investigation continues and asked for any help while trying to figure out what happened.
Through his Twitter account, Elon Musk wrote: “Still working on the Falcon Fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years.”
Musk added: “Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines WERE NOT ON, and there was no apparent HEAT SOURCE.
Elon Musk also noted that his team is working hard in understanding the mystery sound that was heard just before the explosion, whose origin is a profound mystery.
“Particularly trying to understand the quieter ‘bang’ sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off. May come from rocket or something ‘else’.”
Ummm… was it a UFO?
While the cause of the incident continues to elude researchers, some users who have seen the video of the rocket explosion on Internet have proposed different explanations; from sabotage by a rival company, the collision of a drone, and even aliens having something to do with the explosion.
The videos which have been posted on YouTube give us something to think about. Just before the catastrophic explosion blew up the rocket, a mysterious fast-moving object is seen flying just past the Launchpad.
When asked about the controversial issue, Elon Musk himself admitted that they have not ruled out the possibility that something ‘alien’ to the rocket caused the explosion, requesting users to send any recording- audios, photos or videos by email to email@example.com
So far SpaceX has not revealed to the public reports concerning the Launchpad.
It is believed that the company will ‘freeze’ further missions for a couple of months and until the mystery behind the explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket is solved.
Here are two videos where you can clearly see hat moments before the rocket explodes, a mysterious, fast-moving object flies near the Launchpad.