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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Chris Miller

Re: Physics Says...

As pointed out above, it seems* more likely that the problem was a loss of pressure, because the fuel tanks contribute to the structural integrity of the vehicle (which, for obvious reasons, needs to be as light as possible). The commentary states that it had just passed through max-Q (the point of maximum dynamic pressure, which rises as speed increases but reduces with altitude), so any weakness would have been revealed at that point. But I'm sure the investigation will tell us.

* Disclaimer: I am not a rocket scientist.

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