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originally posted by: Zarniwoop
a reply to: Tjoran
yeah... enough to make me spend an hour or so looking at it over and over and over and making an animation... in the end to prove to myself it was nothing more than a bug or bird.
Oh well... it's a process.
its also an unusual time (pre launch) and location (upper stage) for an explosion, but hey. whatever.
Your gif animation conveniently glosses over the portions of video
originally posted by: CagliostroTheGreat
I, for one, feel the anomaly in question is traveling in much too linear of a trajectory to be anything organic such as a bird or fly. Your gif animation conveniently glosses over the portions of video in which, in my opinion, the anomaly clearly passes behind the launch towers in the foreground.
Honestly, I don't know what it is and I'm not going to pretend I do but anyone of sound mind can see there is something odd at foot here. Personally, I don't believe in coincidences. And those objects (because there are two of the, another around 1:09 entering from the near bottom right hand side of the screen) were moving FAST!
Interesting to speculate upon.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: yuppa
I don't see any way a shock wave from a projectile of any kind could cause that kind of explosion. Shock waves dissipate quickly. Not real sure what you mean by a microwave laser heating up the O3... LOX is simply Liquid OXygen or O2 under pressure.
There had to be 3 things present for that to happen: fuel, which was available from lower down the body, oxygen, which was stored where the explosion started, and a spark of some kind (considering the volatility of rocket fuel, it wouldn't take much of a spark). Somehow, the second-stage fuel and LOX mixed with some kind of ignition source.
As I consider things, it looks to me like there had to be a fuel leak before the explosion that caused vapors around the LOX tank. Then there had to be some kind of spark. That would have ignited the fuel vapor, which could have ruptured the seals on the LOX tank. LOX + fuel + flame = BOOM!