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SpaceX close to figuring out rocket failure during launch

/ 11:04 PM July 07, 2015
In this June 28, 2015 file photo, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. AP

In this June 28, 2015 file photo, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida— SpaceX says it is still trying to figuring out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but it’s getting close.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket had just lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 28, carrying cargo for the International Space Station, when the accident occurred.

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Speaking Tuesday at a conference, SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said the trouble appeared to be in the upper stage, with an overpressurization of the liquid oxygen tank. Nevertheless, the company is putting together what he calls a “super-detailed” timeline, millisecond by millisecond.

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So far, he says nothing seems to fit “all the dots.” But he hopes to have something definitive to say by week’s end.

Musk says the accident was “a huge blow.” TVJ

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TOPICS: Cape Canaveral, Florida, International Space Station, Space Technology, SpaceX
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