SpaceX has been making immense strides of late; from landing it’s aircraft on barge in the middle of the sea, to signing it’s first customer to fly it’s rocket’s – the company is never short of a headline. Today’s headline: SpaceX rocket explodes.
A Falcon 9 rocket that was intended for use on Saturday exploded only moments before a static test fire. A static test fire is when the rocket fires up its engines while being held to the ground. The test helps to ensure all systems are functioning normally.
This is very unfortunate news from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rocket in question is not the re-useable rocket that SpaceX was planning to fly later this year, nonetheless it is a massive blow for the organization.
It was all going so well for SpaceX. Just yesterday, we brought you the news that it had signed its first customer to fly on one of its reusable rockets. But today, one of its rockets has exploded during a test at its Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The rocket was supposed to launch the $200 million Amos-6 communications satellite for Israel Aerospace Industries. Unfortunately the company has confirmed that both the satellite, and the rocket have been destroyed in the incident.
You can find video of the explosion below:
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