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Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by NigelM, Sep 1, 2016.
NBC reporting no injuries.
Explosion Rocks SpaceX Launch Site in Florida During Test
"NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred Thursday morning. The test, considered routine, was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station."
Apparently multiple explosions followed over several minutes.
Some live video here right now: KTRK News Live Streaming Video
Was this a previously launched rocket?
from what i've read, it was not, but i dont think anyone knows for sure yet at this point.
Quite heavy duty STRONG back if still standing...
"45th Space Wing: no known casualties at this time. And no threat to the general public"
No the first "flight proven" launch is SES 10 in a few months. This would have been a brand new rocket.
It's been reported that they planned to reuse a rocket for the Amos 6 launch, but no word (yet) as to whether that's the one that has exploded.
Breaking news says that explosion occurred during an engine test.
Isn't that the rocket still standing in the middle of the launch pad?
Israeli "satellite" explosion?
That's Transporter/Erector strongback
That's what it looks like to me - Maybe it's a pad explosion and not the rocket itself.
Smoke trail visible on weather radar: Spacex Falcon 9 explosion
I've seen a claim the satellite wasn't on the rocket. Seems a bit late in the campaign to be integrating that after this test.
There's nothing in that photo that looks good.
Looks like loss of both rocket and payload. Ouch.
Repeated explosions can be heard/seen here from ~13 sec mark onwards, fire tenders at ~25 sec mark: