Monday, October 3, 2016
SpaceX Investigates Possible Sabotage In Rocket Explosion
In an interesting twist to the dramatic explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in Florida last month, the company has apparently been investigating the possibility of sabotage to the company's rocket. The Washington Post said over the weekend that SpaceX had been looking into an "odd shadow" and "white spot" on the roof of a building leased by fierce competitor United Launch Alliance (ULA) caught in videos of the explosion. ULA, and its CEO, Tony Bruno, has been a vocal critic of SpaceX, which dislodged ULA as the sole bidder on Air Force satellite launch contracts, via legal action in 2014. SpaceX has long criticized ULA's use of Russian rocket engines for its launches, in light of current tensions with Russia.