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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Shortly After Liftoff

29 Jun 2015, 02:55 UTC
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Shortly After Liftoff
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station exploded just after liftoff.

SpaceX’s seventh cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded just minutes after liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday. It is the third cargo resupply mission to the space station to fail in the last year.

Little is known about the cause of the explosion at this point. According to SpaceX officials, all indications point to the anomaly being a second stage issue. “There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank,” Elon Musk said on Twitter. “That’s all we can say with confidence right now,” Musk added.

It is unclear at exactly what time the launch anomaly occurred, but the last communication received from the launch vehicle was at 2 minutes 19 seconds into the flight. SpaceX Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell indicated in a press conference that they received telemetry data from their Dragon spacecraft for a short period of time following the event.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and dragon spacecraft seen disintegrating here after a launch failure on June 28, 2015. Image Credit: SpaceX / NASA

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