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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Minutes After Takeoff

Published Jun 28th, 2015 7:04PM EDT
Spacex Falcon 9

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SpaceX early on Sunday launched a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral with the intention of delivering supplies and food to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Alas, just two minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 rocket began to break up mid-air, ultimately exploding after being consumed by fire.

At the time of this writing, SpaceX is still investigating the root cause of the malfunction. Per usual, engineers will examine HD video of the launch to determine what went wrong, where, and why.

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As The Verge notes, the “mission was also going to serve as the third test of SpaceX’s plan to make a reusable rocket. The first stage of the Falcon 9 was supposed to separate three minutes after launch and land itself on a drone ship at sea.”

If you recall, SpaceX’s previous two attempts to land a reusable rocket onto a floating ocean barge were not successful. The more recent mishap occurred this past April when a SpaceX rocket came extremely close to pulling off a perfect landing before fatally swerving ever so slightly before touching down. As a result, the rocket toppled over and exploded upon impact.

Following today’s explosion, Elon Musk published the following tweets:

Video of the explosion can be seen below:

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.