Did a sniper blew up a SpaceX Falcon 9? Ongoing investigations led to many theories as to what have caused the explosion, the company says it's unlikely to be sabotaged, but a new "theory" emerges that is looking at a sniper angle.
SpaceX, a well-known commercial spaceflight company owned by billionaire Elon Musk, is currently facing one of it's "most difficult" situations ever, the explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket last Sept. 1.
The Falcon 9 rocket exploded while being fueled at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base launch pad in Florida. The "anomaly", as SpaceX calls it, destroyed Facebook's $200 million Internet satellite scheduled for deployment to space three days after the explosion.
An incident this massive entails rigorous investigations to find out the cause of the explosion. During the inquiry, it was reported that SpaceX officials asked for clearance to visit a rooftop of the building of one of its rivals, United Launch Alliance (ULA); this triggered the issue of a sabotage. Investigators say there's an odd shadow seen at the rooftop minutes before the explosion occurred, rumors about a possible sabotage skyrocketed after this. ULA is a collaborative partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, two of SpaceX' greatest rivals in terms of commercial space flight services. SpaceX, however, denied the reports and said that the inquiry was non-accusatory.
Elon Musk also confirmed that it couldn't have been sabotaged. "Sabotage of the rocket is unlikely, but this article has some great theories," the SpaceX CEO said in a Tweet. The message comes with an "intriguing" article that presented the sniper theory that has captured the attention of the space industry mogul.
Sabotage of the rocket is unlikely, but this article has some great theories :)https://t.co/1fCRbZvRHo
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2016
The report by The Ringer said, of course, it wouldn't be able to confirm if a sniper indeed caused the destruction of the Falcon 9 rocket, but presented a conspiracy theory. The article mentioned potential characters who could have hired snipers to destroy a SpaceX rocket like Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin founder), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO whose Internet satellite was destroyed), NASA, the Russians and even Johnny Depp (whose ex-wife is allegedly spending time with Elon Musk).
Obviously, the conspiracy theory is not based on physics and science.Musk's Tweet with a seemingly lost emoji tells it all. It's something to give everyone a good laugh in the midst of a complex space rocket explosion investigation, a case people don't get to see very often. So if Elon Musk can smile about it, everyone should relax and be reminded to not it too seriously as well. And just like the "sabotaged" theory, there is no sniper found that can give light to the mysterious explosion of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket yet.
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