SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle

February 14, 2015 – 11:01 am
The Falcon 9 s first stage

UPDATE 2: SpaceX just tweeted to announce that the craft did indeed “experience an anomaly on ascent.”

The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent. Team is investigating. Updates to come.

— SpaceX (@SpaceX)

Elon Musk tweeted his own update shortly thereafter:

Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

UPDATE 3:NASA will host a press conference on the failed launch later today, currently planned for 12:30 PM ET (9:30 AM PT).

ISS Astronaut Scott Kelly posted the following to Twitter after the failed launch:

UPDATE 4:Elon Musk tweeted the following about the potential cause behind the catastrophic failure:

There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause.

Original article:

Above, the feed for SpaceX’s CRS-7 resupply mission for the International Space Station is live. The streaming begins at 10 AM ET, with a liftoff targeted for 10:21 AM ET.


Source: techcrunch.com

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