Liquid nitrogen leaked onto wetlands around SpaceX launch pad before rocket-test explosion, federal regulators confirm
- There was a liquid-nitrogen leak at
SpaceX's Texaslaunch site, federal regulators told Bloomberg.
- An aerial video shows patches of wetland that are snow-white from the liquid-nitrogen leak.
A YouTube video uploaded by RGV Aerial Photography on Saturday shows patches of wetland that are snow-white from the liquid nitrogen which has discharged from one of SpaceX's factories at the company's Boca Chica
The US Army Corps of Engineers' Galveston office and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed the liquid-nitrogen leak to Bloomberg.
"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is aware of the liquid nitrogen discharge that occurred fully within the boundaries of SpaceX property," the agency wrote in a statement to Bloomberg. "The discharge did not impact TPWD property."
Bloomberg reported that the leak happened three days before SpaceX's Starship rocket booster prototype burst into flames at the launch site. After the incident, Musk tweeted: "Yeah, actually not good. Team is assessing damage."
SpaceX didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider about the liquid-nitrogen leak outside normal business hours.
Insider previously reported that SpaceX wants to launch a Starship spacecraft, a fully reusable rocket, into orbit as soon as July. However, the company has not yet ticked off all the 75 actions required in an environmental review from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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