A SpaceX F9R rocket exploded shortly after launching during a test flight in Texas, the company confirmed Friday.
Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2014
“During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” John Taylor, a SpaceX spokesperson, told Business Insider in an email.
This apparent video from the scene showed debris falling down after the explosion:
Space X’s rocket falling out of the sky in pieces!! pic.twitter.com/Kf1rS12WNR
— Heath Huffman (@huffman_heath) August 22, 2014
— NewsChannel 25 (@NewsChannel25) August 22, 2014
SpaceX provided the following statement to Business Insider:
Earlier today, in McGregor, Texas, SpaceX conducted a test flight of a three engine version of the F9R test vehicle (successor to Grasshopper). During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission.
Throughout the test and subsequent flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area. There were no injuries or near injuries. An FAA representative was present at all times.
With research and development projects, detecting vehicle anomalies during the testing is the purpose of the program. Today’s test was particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test. As is our practice, the company will be reviewing the flight record details to learn more about the performance of the vehicle prior to our next test.
SpaceX will provide another update when the flight data has been fully analyzed.
This story originally appeared on Business Insider.
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