SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes on the Launchpad

Michele Debczak

Earlier today, September 1, a test of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket ended with a significant explosion, AP reports. Just after 9 a.m. ET, the blast rocked the Cape Canaveral, Florida launch pad. It was large enough to shake buildings several miles away. SpaceX said the error was caused by “an anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload." Additional explosions followed for the next several minutes, but there were no injuries.

The test firing of the rocket’s engine was set up in preparation for a planned launch this weekend. It was meant to carry an Israeli communication satellite into orbit. Both the rocket and the satellite were lost in the explosion.

[h/t AP]

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