A SpaceX rocket exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and here’s the video footage.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded Thursday during a test fire while carrying a satellite intended to provide access to Facebook in rural Africa. Nobody died in the explosion and there was no threat to public safety, according to officials. Presently, the cause of the explosion is not known.
“Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper-stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon,” Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, said yesterday via Twitter.
SpaceX rockets have previously exploded several times during landing attempts, which Musk called a “huge blow.” Currently, SpaceX has nine more scheduled launches this year.
SpaceX plans to use a similar rocket to launch a human into space in October 2017. The company is currently racing Boeing to be the first private company to send humans to the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing, along with other companies, have made huge advancements in reusable rocketry, which has the potential to greatly reduce the costs of getting into space.
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