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Sabotage speculation gathers around SpaceX explosion

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 Cinnamon    24,840

Rumors of potential sabotage are gathering around the investigation of the explosion during a recent SpaceX launch test.

SpaceX has been investigating the early September failure of a Falcon 9 rocket that caught fire and exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad just days before it was scheduled to launch.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the inquiry has taken a "bizarre twist," suggesting SpaceX is considering sabotage a possible cause of the explosion. According to the Post, a SpaceX employee sought access to facilities belonging to SpaceX competitor United Launch Alliance — a partnership between Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin(LMT).

SpaceX investigators came across something suspicious when reviewing video of the failure—"an odd shadow and then a white spot" on the roof of a ULA building, according to the Post. A SpaceX employee seeking access to the building was turned away, but Air Force investigators later dispatched to the facility did not find anything on the roof.

SpaceX sent a statement CNBC saying that a "preliminary review of the data and debris suggests a breach in the second stage's helium system" on the Falcon 9, "but the cause of the breach is still unknown."

A ULA representative sent a statement to CNBC saying "ULA cooperated with the Air Force's 45th Space Wing, and nothing associated with the SpaceX accident was found."

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sabotage-speculation-gathers-around-spacex-144829501.html

Uh... there was  a drone that went by right at the moment of the explosion. But I guess us cray CT people are the only ones with eyes?

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 Amethyst    330
20 minutes ago, Cinnamon said:

 

Uh... there was  a drone that went by right at the moment of the explosion. But I guess us cray CT people are the only ones with eyes?

Yup, it flew by at about 600mph but we saw it, as clear as day...

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