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Elon Musk Cites Cause of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explosion

Elon Musk Cites Cause of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explosion - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Falcon9Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, has said the company thinks it has “gotten to the bottom of the problem“ that resulted in the explosion of the company's Falcon 9 rocket in September.

“It involves a combination of liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen“¦ Oxygen so cold that it actually enters solid phase,“ Musk told CNBC in an interview aired Friday.

He noted that he considers the cause as a “really surprising problem that has never been encountered before in the history of rocketry.“

Musk added that he expects the company to resume rocket launches in mid-December.

Musk's remarks come after SpaceX announced that it has identified a way to replicate the conditions of the helium tank during the rocket explosion on Sept. 1 as part of the company's efforts to determine the cause of the incident.

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