Exclusive: Orbital explosion probe said to find debris in engine: sources

February 20, 2015 9:33 PM

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Exclusive: Orbital explosion probe said to find debris in engine: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last October's explosion of Orbital ATK Inc's Antares rocket may have been triggered when debris inadvertently left in a fuel tank traveled into the booster's main engine, two people familiar with investigations into the accident told Reuters.

The sources said the preliminary findings suggest that a simple assembly mistake by Orbital ATK could have caused the explosion, which destroyed a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.

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