Re: Possible Falcon 9 explosion

From: Greg Roberts (
Date: Mon Sep 30 2013 - 22:23:39 UTC

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    Hi Jonathan ( and other readers)
    Evening - actually my morning now as past local midnight.   Ive just been 
    discussing on the  South African FACEBOOK pages (prior to just having now read 
    the SeeSat items about a possible 2nd stage exolosion) that have covered the 
    event - my page and that of the RSG group - about what appears to be multiple 
    objects in severalof the numerous photographs taken here in South Africa of the 
    event. In view of the comment by Elon Musk that an attempt was made to restart 
    the second stage engine  but the burn was aborted "due to an anomaly"  the 
    question now arises was the "anomaly" an actual explosion of the second stage 
    engine/rocket ?  This might also explain the 20 odd pieces so far confirmed by 
    SPACETRACK.  Having not seen the event myself I have to rely on other peoples 
    images/reports. The satellite/satellites went into earths shadow soon after the 
    "halo" so not enough time to get any seperation. But it was only in shadow for a 
    relatively short time -- did observers north of the equator observe multiple 
    objects close together. From what I understand the six satellites launched are 
    relatively small so not that bright...... of course this is mostly guessing by 
    me so we will have to see what becomes public knowledge - if ever.
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