On the 5th July Elon Tweeted the following
However it is now 11 days later and we still haven’t heard any news on what caused the 28th June explosion that doomed the CRS-7 mission to the International Space Station.
Does the lack of news mean that they found something that they cannot explain or worse still found something that involved another party and need to handle the issue careful?
At this time it is difficult to say what is happening, all we know or certain is that NASA and the FAA are closely monitoring the investigation and I am sure we will hear eventually what they found and what needs to be done to address it.
In the meantime we will continue to speculate on what it could have been as is human nature and then see how close or far from the truth we were.
It has been two days since the Falcon 9 carrying the CRS-7 Dragon exploded and there are currently two leading THEORIES on what happened.
As we have yet to hear an official reason from SpaceX these are just PURE SPECULATION at this point.
1) The International Docking Adapter or a part of it came lose during the flight and impacted with the top of the 2nd Stage. This caused damage to the 2nd stage that resulted in the explosion.
2) The Liquid Oxygen tank ruptured causing the explosion, either due to a manufacturing issue or because of a leak in the Helium Pressure system which caused too much pressure to build in the tank.
At this point it is impossible to say if these are even close to the truth and until we hear officially from SpaceX the speculation will continue to grow.
This morning SpaceX launched their latest mission to the International Space Station, unfortunately during the first stage flight the rocket exploded causing lost of Falcon, Dragon and the cargo it was carrying
Among the cargo that Dragon was carrying was the first of two International Docking Adapters for the station which will be used by Boeing and SpaceX to dock their crewed vehicles in the future. They were also flying the Meteor experiment which was originally launched on the fated Orb-3 mission last year but lost when the rocket exploded. For further details of the cargo manifest check out this pdf file.
Below are screen grabs of the launch captured from the Webcast