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STAR WARS - Weapon can strike in 30 minutes - ANYWHERE
April 25, 2010 A weapon that can strike anywhere on Earth in 30 minutes
Call it a reusable space vehicle. Call it a space plane.
But whatever you do, just dont call it a space weapon.
That’s the message from the Air Force after last week’s launch of its X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which can stay on orbit up to 270 days. The Air Force won’t say what, exactly, the robotic space plane will be doing there, how long it will linger this time, or even how much it costs. But the military is already in the process of building a second aircraft, which will fly next year.
Officially the Air Force has described the X-37B, which is lofted into orbit by a rocket and then can land like an aircraft on a runway, as a test vehicle. As for the secrecy surrounding it, Gary Payton, the deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for space programs, says simply that the aircraft’s experimental payloads are classified “like in many of our space launches.”
The launch of the X-37B comes at a busy time for the Pentagon’s extraterrestrial ambitions, and the space plane’s debut nearly overshadowed another military program that was tested that same day: a hypersonic test vehicle built by Lockheed Martin, which was launched on a Minotaur IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. That test could lead to a weapon that can strike anywhere on Earth within 30 minutes — an ideal option for taking out a terrorist leader like Osama bin Laden.
With the tests of the X-37B and the hypersonic vehicle, the Pentagon is pushing for capabilities that were once regarded as so controversial that they had to be hidden deep within the defense budget, if they were funded at all.
In a 2003 report for the Air Force that recounted the troubled history of the Common Aero Vehicle, the predecessor to the hypersonic vehicle, analysts recalled just how hard it was to fund the program.
At one point, money that was supposed to fund the Common Aero Vehicle was moved to another program, for fear of being identified with space weapons. “For the next 2-3 years, any public mention of [Common Aero Vehicle] CAV or other space weapons was not allowed, and work performed on CAV was done quietly and out of the limelight,” the analysts wrote.
Now, these weapons are being enthusiastically pushed forward. The Obama administration has advocated looking at weapons, like the hypersonic vehicle, as part of something called Prompt Global Strike — a weapon that can strike anywhere in the world within two hours. The State Department even issued a fact sheet this month on Prompt Global Strike, noting that a new nuclear weapons treaty with Russia “does not contain any constraints on current or planned US conventional prompt global strike capability.”
Given this new push for long-range weapons and military space planes, some have wondered whether the administration is going to revive the long-simmering debate over space weapons. That would be ironic, since the Obama administration came in with a seeming determination to make space more peaceful and the perhaps-Quixotic goal of “seeking a worldwide ban on weapons that interfere with military and commercial satellites.”
Critics pointed out that such a ban was simplistic. Perhaps acknowledging that point, the White House has since quietly eliminated the “ban” reference from the White House website, replacing it with the more mild promise to “cooperate with our allies and the private sector to identify and protect against intentional and unintentional threats to US and allied space capabilities.”
What even constitutes a space weapon is unclear. A number of attempts have been made to define space weapons, ranging from any weapon that transits space (which would include intercontinental ballistic missiles) to more restricted definitions to include only those weapons that destroy something in space, like the anti-satellite weapon tested by the Chinese in 2008.
In the meantime, the Air Force’s refusal to elaborate on the X-37B’s mission doesn’t make it any easier to understand the administration’s views on weapons and space. In fact, the X-37B elicited little interest beyond specialized aerospace and defense publication until the Air Force suddenly started saying it couldn’t talk about it. That transformed the esoteric test vehicle into the headline-grabbing “secret military space plane.”
The most likely role for the X-37B is also the most obvious: as a replacement for the classified missions once performed by the NASA Space Shuttle, which is now slated for retirement. It’s sometimes forgotten that the Space Shuttle once also carried secret payloads into orbit. But by avoiding the need for astronauts, the Air Force is able to build a smaller spacecraft dedicated solely to military missions.
Pentagon officials, for their part, are determined just to avoid the weapons issue altogether, by calling it something else. “Truthfully, I don’t know how this could be called weaponization of space,” Payton, the Air Force official, said when asked about the issue, just prior to the launch of the X-37B. “It’s just an updated version of the Space Shuttle kind of activities in space.”
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Last shuttle spacewalkers make history above Earth
27 May 2011 NASA completed its part in the construction of the International Space Station, with the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program attaching an extension boom.
"Twelve years of building and 15 countries and now it's the Parthenon in the sky and hopefully the doorstep to our future," spacewalker Gregory Chamitoff before heading back inside. "So congratulations everybody on assembly complete."
Chamitoff said it was fitting for space shuttle Endeavour to be at the space station for the end of construction since it was there for the first assembly mission in December 1998.
It was the fourth spacewalk in a week for the Endeavour astronauts, who are headed back to Earth in just a few days to end NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight. One last flight in July will bring up supplies.
NASA managers on Friday afternoon gave Endeavour the all-clear for an early Wednesday landing. A final review of 3-D images showed the shuttle's delicate heat shield wasn't damaged.
No other significant U.S. components are due to fly to the space station, which still has a decade of life ahead. That was the job of the space shuttles — to haul up the big building blocks as well as loads of smaller items — and now they're retiring. The last room — a storage closet — was attached earlier this year.
While NASA's role in space station construction is over, the Russian Space Agency plans to add at least one more chamber in another year or two, a job that will require multiple spacewalks. The Russians also will continue to provide rides to and from the orbiting lab for U.S. astronauts until private companies in America are able to take over the job.
Chamitoff and his spacewalking partner, Mike Fincke, teamed up with robot arm operator Gregory Johnson to add one last finishing touch.
"Assembly complete. Amazing," Chamitoff said once the 50-foot boom was latched securely in place. "Boy, this is a big space station," he marveled several minutes later.
With its solar panels, the station spans a football field.
Later, flight director Derek Hassmann noted there's still a lot of work ahead to operate the outpost and keep it staffed. The station can accommodate six full-time residents; their main task is to conduct scientific experiments and help researchers understand what is needed for longer expeditions, such as going to Mars.
This was the 164th spacewalk by shuttle astronauts; the first was performed back in 1983. The bulk — 110 — were for the space station, and 23 involved the Hubble Space Telescope.
All future spacewalks will be performed by station residents.
Another milestone was achieved Friday: 1,000 hours of spacewalking at the orbiting outpost.
Before Friday morning, astronauts had logged 995 hours outside for assembly and maintenance. Fincke and Chamitoff hit the 1,000-hour mark five hours into their 7 1/2-hour spacewalk, the 159th by all countries to build the station and keep it humming.
The boom, which Endeavour's crew had used to survey their ship for damage, will remain permanently at the space station and assist with future repairs, especially in hard-to-reach areas. The station's 58-foot robot arm would stretch 108 feet with the boom.
Endeavour also delivered a $2 billion particle physics detector that was placed on the station last week.
Endeavour, docked at the space station through this weekend, is making its last flight before being retired to a museum in California. Atlantis will close out the shuttle program in July.
"Beautiful Endeavour," Fincke called out as the spacewalk got under way. "She's a great ship."
"Looks like she belongs right there," Chamitoff agreed.
The spacewalkers also savored the views 220 miles below.
"Most beautiful planet in the solar system — wow," Fincke said.
Late Friday night, Fincke will surpass the U.S. record of 377 days in space. He spent six months at the space station — twice. This is his first shuttle trip; he previously rode Russian Soyuz rockets into orbit.
Endeavour and its crew of six will leave the space station late Sunday night. Landing is set for the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday during a rare touchdown in darkness.
NASA built some out-of-this-world International Space Station above the earth, and they did final construction on it in their next-to-last shuttle launch, with July being the very last shuttle launch to send out supplies.
I have no idea what this is all about, but maybe their little Blue Beam is trying to set the stage for these "aliens" to make their appearance?
Again, I don't know, but also to throw this out - apparently, there are 2 solar eclipses(or whatever you call them) on June 1(Wed) and July 1, and something else I think happening in between.
January 2012 Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous theoretical physicists in the world, just celebrated his 70th birthday, despite suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease that has rendered him wheel chair bound and dependent on computers to communicate.
In a radio interview marking his birthday, which covered a wide range of topics, Hawking repeated his oft stated assertion that humanity must colonize space in order to ensure its long term survival.
What sort of events could destroy the human race if it stays on one planet?
Hawking mentioned the possibility of nuclear war or climate change as being the cause of human extinction. A recent article in Discovery magazine also suggested that a global pandemic-possibly as the result of a bio-engineered disease-or an asteroid or comet strike could end the human race on Earth. The New Scientist chimed in with the possibility of a gamma ray burst caused by the explosion of a nearby star zapping the Earth with lethal radiation. Even events that do not wipe out the human species-say a total economic collapse-could end civilization and cause the deaths of billions as modern infrastructure breaks down.
How would space colonies ensure the survival of the human race?
The late Arthur C. Clarke often said, as recently as a 1999 interview in the New York Times, that it was dangerous for the human race to have all of its eggs in one basket, i.e. the Earth. The idea is that if human civilization were spread out to several worlds, starting with the moon and Mars, a calamity occurring at any one world would not result in the end of human civilization.
Stephen Hawking backs boycott of Israeli academics
May 2013 — British physicist Stephen Hawking has dropped plans to attend a major international conference in Israel in June, citing his belief that he should respect a Palestinian call to boycott contacts with Israeli academics.
The University of Cambridge released a statement Wednesday indicating that Hawking had told the Israelis last week that he would not be attending "based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott."
University officials said earlier in the day they had "previously understood" that Hawking's decision was based solely on health concerns — he is 71 and has severe disabilities — but had now been told otherwise by Hawking's office.
The decision means that one of the world's most famous scientists has joined a boycott organized to protest Israel's treatment of Palestinians. He is one of the most prominent figures to endorse the strategy, designed to bring pressure on the Israeli government.
The scientist had earlier agreed to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by President Shimon Peres, in late June, but has now changed his mind. The theme of the meeting is "Facing Tomorrow 2013."
Tim Holt, acting communications director at the University of Cambridge, said early in the day that Hawking's decision was based strictly on health concerns. Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
"For health reasons, his doctors said he should not be flying at the moment so he's decided not to attend," said Holt. "He is 71 years old. He's fine, but he has to be sensible about what he can do."
The university later changed its position after consulting Hawking's office. The change was made after Israeli officials insisted Hawking had cited the boycott when informing organizers that he would not attend.
The Israeli Presidential Conference, now in its fifth year, brings together statesmen and leading experts in various disciplines to discuss ways to address the world's problems. The goal, organizers say, is to identify challenges and propose solutions.
Hawking's endorsement of the boycott prompted an angry response from organizers. Conference Chairman Israel Maimon said Hawking's decision was "unjustifiable and wrong."
"The academic boycott against Israel is in our view outrageous and improper, certainly for someone for whom the spirit of liberty lies at the basis of his human and academic mission," Maimon said, calling the imposition of a boycott incompatible with open, democratic dialogue.
He noted that former world leaders including Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Tony Blair plan to attend the three-day meeting that begins on June 18.
The boycott campaign is led by Palestinians, Israeli leftists and other supporters who oppose Israel's policies toward the Palestinians and are attuned to the power of celebrity in this age.
It has had some success, deterring a string of famous entertainers from performing. Elvis Costello and the Pixies canceled concerts, as well as the British dance band Klaxon and the Gorillaz Sound System. Israel has also faced occasional boycotts of its academics, unions and in some cases commercial products.
Hawking's decision was hailed by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine as support for its goal of severing academics' connections with Israel.
"This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there," the committee said on its website.
X-37B Secret space plane 1 year on mystery mission
9 Mar 2012 The US Air Force’s highly secret robotic space plane continues to circle our planet a year after being launched, with no authoritative version of the shadowy mission purpose presented to public.
Since the original test mission of the first X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle One (OTV-1) that was performed in April 2010 and lasted the promised 270 days, the US Air Force has been insisting the X-37 program is a purely scientific undertaking and a testing platform of new technology.
Very little has been revealed about the spacecraft. The only information available on the successive OTV-2 mission launched on March 5, 2011, with an Atlas 5 booster rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is that the space plane is an 8.8-meter- long and 4.5-meter-wide solar-powered vehicle.
The experimental spacecraft was supposed to return to an airstrip in California nine months later in December – but that never happened.
Man in space - NOT
Come on already! You dont attempt this on HELL O EEN!
Space ship crashes in California Mojave Desert
October 31, 2014 Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship2 crashes with 2 men aboard.
One person was killed and another suffered major injuries after aircraft crashed during a test flight.
Spaceship2, carried by WhiteKnightTwo aircraft launched from the Mojave Desert after an hour and flew freely by rocket power.
VG tweeted the spaceship experienced an in-flight abnormality and landed in a remote region of the Mojave.
California Highway Patrol and fire departments responded to the scene.
One crew member was transported to the Antelope Valley Hospital.
Wreckage scattered throughout a two-mile area.
VGSS2 suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.
Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft explode in flight.
Virgin Galactic is owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson.
Just after 10 a.m. PDT ground controllers at the Mojave Spaceport lost contact with SpaceShipTwo over the Mojave Desert shortly after the space flight vehicle separated from WK2.
Virgin Galactic spaceship explodes
Thats all this world needs, exploding virgins. The ship exploded during a flight over California, killing one person and seriously injuring another. A specialized jet carried it into the air, where they separated at 50,000 feet. About 10 a.m. the spaceship experienced "an in-flight anomaly."
SpaceShipTwo Flew on Untested Rocket
Richard Branson’s plane meant to carry tourists into space never tested a new engine using new fuel before it flew and exploded over California. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the California desert. Law enforcement said one pilot was killed and the other was seriously injured.
OUCH! Enough with amateur space flight
A fatal accident in the Mojave Desert is a lesson in the perils of space hubris.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave, California on Oct. 31, 2014 during flight test killing one.
What NASA’s Antares explosion means for the people of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s private space tourism company.
One pilot dead, one critical
Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded at 45,000 feet.
Richard Branson's $500m space tourism plane blows up testing new fuel over California desert. Space plane broke into pieces above Mojave Desert, California, on first flight using experimental rocket fuel.
One pilot died in the crash, another parachuted out of falling plane but was seriously injured. SpaceShipTwo plane had swapped rubber-based rocket fuel for a higher-performing plastic blend today. 700 people have paid $250,000 for tickets.
Branson's space-travel project plagued by problems and delays
Founder of Virgin Galactic believed in 2004 that commercial space travel was just 3 years away but string of failures has plunged future into doubt. After a string of failures, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said that the difficulties of aerospace engineering meant it was inevitable that at some point a Virgin Galactic craft would crash.
Virgin Galactic spaceship pilot ‘didn’t know’ co-pilot unlocked brakes
November 13, 2014 - Peter Siebold, the pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn’t know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes. Protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step. Siebold was not aware co-pilot Mike Alsbury had pulled a brake-unlocking lever before the rocket had finished accelerating. At this point, SpaceShipTwo began to disintegrate over Southern California. It is not clear if Siebold didn’t hear Alsbury, or the co-pilot never indicated he was taking the action. The crash on October 31, about 120 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, killed Alsbury, injured Siebold and cast a shadow over the immediate future of space tourism.
European spacecraft lands on comet
12 Nov 2014 — Landing with a bounce after traveling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — a cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the universe.
The landing by the washing machine-sized craft after a decade-long journey required immense precision, as even the slightest error could have resulted in stellar calamity.
Indications were that the spacecraft touched down almost perfectly, save for an unplanned bounce, said Stephan Ulamec, head of the lander operation.
"Today we didn't just land once. We maybe even landed twice," he said with a chuckle.
Ulamec said thrusters that were meant to push the lander, called Philae, onto the surface, and harpoons that would have anchored it to the comet failed to deploy properly. Initial data from the spacecraft indicated that it lifted off again, turned and then came to rest.
Scientists were still trying to fully understand what happened and whether those failures would affect the lander's ability to remain on the comet, called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But so far, most of the instruments were working fine and sending back data as hoped, Ulamec said.
"Tomorrow morning we should know a lot more," he said.
The landing team at mission control in Darmstadt had to sweat through a tense seven-hour wait that began when Philae dropped from the agency's Rosetta space probe as both it and the comet hurtled through space at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph).
Space X fireball
June 28, 2015 - An rocket from Elon Musk SpaceX exploded in a fireball moments after launch.
Topped with a Dragon cargo capsule, the Falcon 9 blew up Sunday about 2 1/2 minutes into a mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The blast occurred before the first stage was set to separate following takeoff at 10:21 a.m. local time.
Musk said, There was overpressure event in the upper-stage liquid-oxygen tank.
The mission ended in failure, with the rocket disintegrating in midair.
SpaceX launched a capsule packed with supplies for the International Space Station, but a few minutes after the launch, the rocket disintegrated in midair.
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Anomaly Brought Down the Rocket
Space x is not rocket science
by Michael Janitch - Another rocket explosion from SpaceX.
Another SpaceX rocket explosion = New elite fireworks company for the rich.
Thank God that no live cargo was on any of these rocket launches by SpaceX.
This whole business is risky.
There seems to be something wrong with these rockets.
Poor manufacturing? Poor technical engineering? Poor software? Interference from an outside party?
SpaceX is owned by the Elon Musk.
Mini Concorde BOOM jet
Mar 25, 2016 GOOD FRIDAY - Virgin airline has options to buy 10 of the recently revealed supersonic Boom jets. Sir Richard Branson plans affordable supersonic flights with mini Concorde. Faster than Concorde, they will travel from New York to London in 3.5 hours. The Boom jet, designed for 40 passengers, is being built in Colorado.
SpaceX explosion destroys Israeli satellite
Sep 2, 2016 - SpaceX Rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral destroys Israeli Amos 6 communications satellite. The blast was felt several miles away.
Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida during preparations for a pre-launch static fire test of Israel’s Amos 6 communications satellite. An anomaly on the pad resulted in the loss of the vehicle and its payload. The satellite was designed to provide direct satellite data services, including Facebook access, for areas of Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Loss of Amos 6 shakes Israeli satellite industry. They were set back for years by the loss of the Amos 6 communications satellite.
The destroyed satellite was designed to provide direct satellite data services, including access to Facebook’s Internet project, to remote parts of Africa as well as the Middle East and Europe.
Developed for Spacecom by Israel’s Aerospace Industries at an estimated cost of $200, a deal for its acquisition by the Chinese communications company Beijing Xinwei Technology was contingent on the satellite’s successful launch into orbit.
The cause of the explosion was not clear but it happened at the start of the rocket engines preparations for the launch.
SpaceX is a sister company of Tesla Motors. In November 2015, Spacecom lost contact with the satellite’s predecessor Amos 5 that was produced by Russia and launched from Kazakhstan. Spacecom may face a fine of 15 percent of the Chinese acquisition deal.
This rocket was fired on
SpaceX rocket explosion
Sep 3, 2016 - SpaceX Scours for Clues for launch pad explosion that destroyed Israeli Satellite. SpaceX's Falcon rocket was being fueled when a huge fireball erupted, but the cause is still unclear. Indident occurred during a prelaunch test, 8 minutes before the rocket engines were supposed to briefly fire. The rocket was being fueled when a huge fireball erupted.
I watched this in stop action, and something was shot
at the rocket from our right to blow it up.
The only bird this fast would be a peregrin falcon in its dive.
Now that'd be odd. The Falcon rocket destroyed by a falcon.
Israeli satellite sabotaged
Sep 4, 2016 - A day after Israel’s Amos-6 communications satellite was lost in an explosion, fire of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, some Israel aerospace industry experts are beginning to suspect sabotage.
Elon Musk said an “anomaly happened around the upper-stage oxygen tank wile propellant was being loaded into the vehicle" - anomaly is a euphemism to disguise the cause of the mishap. American experts are speculating about a large, unidentified object picked up by video footage hovering in the sky at the moment the fireball rose over the Cape Canaveral launching pad.
In Israel, some informed sources suggest that the reason for the Amos 6 satellites destruction is far from technical and may never come to light. They cite the only previous SpaceX failure June, 2015, when a Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to the Space Station exploded just a few minutes after launch. The company set up an inquiry team composed of 11 staff members and one FAA official, but never released details of its findings.
Amos 6 would have opened large parts of sub-Saharan Africa to direct internet. Israel wants to expand its ties across the Africa. Spacom signed a contract with Beijing contingent on its successful launch into orbit of Amos 6 Saturday. One of Israel’s competitors may have been after the Chinese contract.
SpaceX’s Explosion ramifications
Sep 5, 2016 - SpaceX’s Explosion Reverberates Across Space, Satellite and Telecom Industries. The explosion of SpaceX rocket will have an impact across the space industry, far beyond the losses on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. An Israeli satellite operator’s deal to sell itself to a Chinese company is imperiled. Planned launches of communications satellites that support international mobile phone service and digital television are delayed and put in doubt. NASA’s cargo deliveries to the International Space Station will probably be disrupted. All of them are customers of the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, whose rocket exploded in Florida.
Israeli Government Has Stake in Communications Satellites
USAF to take part in the investigation into the explosion of the Falcon 9 and Amos 6 Israeli satellite. Israeli government invested much in the satellite that was destroyed at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Amos 6 blew up prior to takeoff.
Sep 7, 2016 sorcha edit - The rest of the story! Florida Earthquake caused by Obama-Clinton attempt to destroy Israeli Sub offshore. US Navy retaliated against one of Obama-Clinton’s private armies who attempted to destroy an Israeli submarine September 3 off Florida coast.
The AMOS-6 satellite aboard a SpaceX rocket was ordered destroyed September 3 by resident Obama. China angry at the Obama-Clinton regime over the destruction of the AMOS-6 satellite in order to prevent the sale of the Israeli company Spacecom to China.
The Israeli sub was sent to observe the launching of the AMOS-6 satellite.
48 hours after the SpaceX rocket was destroyed by a X-47B drone, the Israeli sub was itself attacked by an underwater explosion caused by a device so powerful it caused a 3.7 magnitude earthquake.
That was meant to destroy the sub.
The device was deployed by a Sikorsky helicopter owned by Obama-Clinton private army named AAR Corp. AAR paid Hillary Clinton millions-of-dollars for “speeches” when she was Secretary of State.
US Navy X-47B drone that destroyed the AMOS-6 satellite also destroyed the AAR Sikorsky helicopter that had attacked the Israeli sub. The helicopter crashed and exploded in central Florida.
Sometimes I just have to read Sorcha. Its a weedy garden, but just pull the weeds. This is the closest we will ever get to HOW and WHY Amos 6 was destroyed and by who.
Elon Musk: "We Have Not Ruled Out" That UFO Caused Space X Explosion
The statement by the vaunted entrepreneur that he couldn’t rule out that UFO hunters were correct that an unidentified object or weapon initiated the explosion has alien enthusiasts out in full force.
The frenzied excitement for alien hunters hit new heights on Friday when the innovative wunderkind Elon Musk wrote to a commenter on Twitter that "We have not ruled that [a UFO hitting the Space X Falcon 9 rocket] out" with theories ranging from an attack by foreign defense forces to a laser attack by an alien ship quickly cascading through social media.
The statement comes one week after self-proclaimed UFO hunters pointed to video footage from the SpaceX explosion noting that there was a black object barreling near the rocket only seconds before explosion with YouTube viewers quickly dispatching theories that the flying object was a bird or a bug based on the relative speed of the object – over 1,000 MPH – and its appearance behind riggings that ruled out the possibility that it was a bug in the camera lens.
The explosion quickly consumed the rocket destroying Facebook’s AMOS-6 internet-beaming satellite and causing unprecedented damage to the launchpad – a fairly unusual incident for a rocket explosion. Musk said the explosion was "really a fast fire" and was unable to point to specific mechanical causes for the failure of the rocket.
One Twitter user said that the sound at 54 seconds in a video posted "sounds like a metal joint popping under stress" which Elon Musk said was "most likely true" but also said that "we can’t yet find it on any vehicle sensors" pointing to the possibility of some outside sabotage.
"Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source," said Musk questioning how the rocket could spontaneously erupt in flames. "Particularly trying to understand the quieter bang sound a few seconds before the fireball goes off. May come from rocket or something else."
One person suggested that it could be a drone, but opined that if it was a drone it was a particularly fast and circular drone that does not match the description of any known existing defense products. Others opined that whatever the flying vehicle that may have given rise to the explosion, it appears it was a "well planned attack from a competitor."
Although speculation continues to circle around the explosion of the Space X Falcon 9 rockets with the most fascinating theory by far being the potential that space aliens beamed the rocket, many more plausible alternatives exist including a leak of propellant fuel, metal on metal contact sparking just enough initial flame, or a buildup of oxygen. Some commenters are even blaming Vladimir Putin and/or China – which makes maybe less sense than even space aliens.
The truth is out there...
pics and vids: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/201...-out-ufo-caused-space-x-explosion
Feb 20, 2017 - Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket lands back at Cape Canaveral.
Amazing video shows the historic moment the first stage of the Falcon 9 touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on the launch pad. The SpaceX rocket descended through the clouds before landing right in the middle of the pad, a perfect landing.