SpaceX says faulty strut led to Falcon failure

After weeks of investigating the June 28 Falcon 9 failure and scrutinizing data collected from over 3,000 telemetry channels, video channels, and debris analysis, SpaceX thinks it knows what caused the failure. Preliminary data points to the structural failure of a steel strut designed to hold helium pressurant tanks in place inside the upper stage liquid oxygen (LOX) tank.

Following an on-time launch on June 28, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo vehicle broke apart over...

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