SpaceX Launch Pad Explanomaly is a Real Head Scratcher

Credit: USLaunchReport.com
Credit: USLaunchReport.com

SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk, are scratching their heads over how the company managed to destroy a Falcon 9 launch and the Amos-6 communications satellite during routine propellant loading last week.

And it’s little wonder. There’s not a lot of precedent for this type of accident. The last time a launch provider had a failure like this one was more than half a century ago when the industry was in its infancy.