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Musk: SpaceX rocket explosion: helium bottle broke free inside

Musk: SpaceX rocket explosion: helium bottle broke free inside

A steel strut holding a helium bottle in place inside the doomed Falcon 9 rocket broke, causing a chain reaction less than a second long that ended with the rocket exploding over Cape Canaveral June 28. That's the preliminary assessment offered by SpaceX founder Elon Musk Monday afternoon in a teleconference explaining how the rocket explosion likely occurred, and what the company intends to do to fix it. Musk said the fix should be easy -- a new kind of strut. He said that his company expects to be launching rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station again within a few months, perhaps as soon as September. The reason for the strut failure remains somewhat of a mystery...

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