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SpaceX Falcon 9 Explosion News & Updates 2016: Sabotage Reason Behind Explosion? Company Looks Into Rival’s Premises; SpaceX Plans To Resume Launches By Year’s End

By Maria Alamban - 17 Oct '16 18:50PM
  • SpaceX: The Privately Funded Aerospace Company Founded By Elon Musk
  • (Photo : NASA / Getty Images) SpaceX Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida last September 1.

Earlier this month, SpaceX demanded access to rival United Launch Alliance's building which was located just near the launch pad. To recall, SpaceX Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida last September 1.

The explosion did not only destroy the rocket but it also razed down an Israeli satellite dubbed as Amos-6. SpaceX Falcon 9's liftoff was scheduled two days after the explosion, Fox News says. Two weeks after the explosion, an employee of SpaceX requested to enter the roof of United Launch Alliance's establishment.

The report says the roof has a clear line of sight of the rocket. Washington Post reports that SpaceX even has photos of the roof with an unusual shadow and a white spot. The building was located just a mile away from the launch pad. This information is, by far, one of the latest developments of the running investigation on SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion.

A news item from Town Hall points SpaceX's checking of rival's roof a joke. The report pointed out SpaceX wasting billions of taxpayer's money and trying to wash their name by pointing fingers to their competitors.

However, the SpaceX team cleared out that they are not accusing United Launch Alliance of the mishap. They told the investigating team that they are just looking into all sides of possibilities which led to the SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion.

In fact, a report from Business Insider revealed latest investigation results point a breach in a helium tank positioned right near the rocket during the explosion. Because the explosion has now become very political. That's why several lawmakers pleaded that the accident be spared from any political arguments. "Accidents are unfortunate events, and accident investigations should not be politicized. We encourage you to reject calls for your organizations to abandon established, well considered, and long standing procedures," they said. Despite all these, SpaceX still wants to resume launches by the end of this year.

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