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Leaky component led to SpaceX explosion

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A leaky component may have been to blame for the dramatic explosion of a SpaceX capsule during testing in April.

No one was hurt in the ground test at Cape Canaveral in Florida, but the failure was a setback for the company's plans of sending astronauts to the International Space Station.

The preliminary findings of the SpaceX analysis suggest that the leaking component allowed a small amount of nitrogen tetroxide (NTO), which is used as a liquid oxidiser in spacecraft engines, to enter high pressure tubes meant for helium.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49005026

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