LOX-Tank Helium ‘Breach’ Implicated in SpaceX Explosion

Credit: U.S. Launch Report
Investigators examining the Sept. 1 pad explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle and its Israeli-built satellite payload have found evidence of an apparent rupture in the helium system used to pressurize the upper-stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank. The company has had problems with propellant-tank...

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