SpaceX is a company that builds advanced rockets and spacecraft. Their final goal is to allow humans to live on other planets. On Thursday, September 1st, their Falcon9 rocket experienced a horrific explosion before a test launch, destroying both the rocket and launch pad but fortunately there were no injuries involved. Now over a week later, SpaceX is still trying to unravel the mystery. A number of theories have cropped up but so far the case remains unsolved.
CEO Elon Musk asks for Help
With the recent explosion being an extremely puzzling failure for SpaceX, the CEO urged the public via twitter to send in any footage they have of the explosion. He also stated on twitter that this has been the most complicated failure the company has experienced in fourteen years. Musk also tweeted at NASA, the Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration asking for help figuring out what exactly led to the explosion. It seems that SpaceX is truly and utterly perplexed by this incident.
Was it Aliens?
Believe it or not, one of the proposed theories is that a UFO somehow caused the explosion to occur. There are videos pointing out an unidentified object that appears to hit the rocket just before it explodes. Elon Musk has tweeted frequently about the incident, and stated that the engines were not even turned on when it occurred, meaning there was no obvious heat source. He also tweeted that SpaceX is “trying to understand the quiet bang sound” that happened a few seconds before the fireball. When a twitter user asked if it was possible a foreign object had struck the rocket, causing the explosion, Musk responded stating that that was a possibility they had not yet ruled out. This is causing conspiracy theorists to wonder if aliens had something to do with the catastrophic failure.
What the Explosion means for SpaceX
This failure means SpaceX will have some challenges to face. SpaceX is tasked with figuring out what caused the problem and fixing it before they will be able to perform any more launches. This could be a long investigation, which will be problematic for SpaceX as they are dependent on customers paying to use their rockets in order to launch their satellites. The Falcon9 rocket, in fact, was supposed to be used to help Facebook launch its satellite that would give internet to multiple parts of Africa. This satellite was destroyed in the failure.
This incident is also proving problematic for NASA, who have not been able to launch American astronauts on American rockets since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. NASA and SpaceX hoped to be able to send astronauts into space by the end of 2017, but the investigation of this explosion will most likely cause a delay in those plans, and also Elon Musk’s hopes to send humans to Mars in the year 2020.