Watch a SpaceX rocket explode in Cape Canaveral
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, supposed to launch on Sept. 3, exploded - it's done that before - on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral while it was being test-fired. The explosion could be seen for several miles.
SpaceX pad on fire!! pic.twitter.com/Gx1KNEyvRD
— Kris (@krisn99) September 1, 2016
It was big enough to get picked up on a weather radar.
— Frank Macek (@frankmacekwkyc) September 1, 2016
The rocket's payload was a Facebook communication satellite, Amos-6, that would have provided wireless connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Internet.org initiative. The satellite was worth $200 million.
Company boss Elon Musk explained what happened.
Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2016
Update on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/1ogCMPCY44
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016
And things had been going well for SpaceX before this. They had managed to land their cargo spacecraft Dragon, safely back from the International Space Station last week.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 26, 2016
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