Pictures from Sept. 1 Space X explosion. The NY Post.
The failure, which destroyed the Space X rocket along with the Amos-6 satellite, had originated in the second stage LOX tank’s helium pressurization system, although the specific cause of the anomaly is not yet fully understood by Space X and they are hopeful to fully understand it by their next launch in November.
“At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place.”
“All plausible causes are being tracked in an extensive fault tree and carefully investigated. Through the fault tree and data review process, we have exonerated any connection with last year’s … mishap.”