NASA says SpaceX Falcon rocket explodes after liftoff

Posted by on Sunday, June 28, 2015
An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday.

As a result it destroyed a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station, NASA said.

The rocket measuring 63 metres was the company’s 19th Falcon 9 launch since its 2010 debut, including six previous cargo runs for NASA under a 15-flight contract worth more than $2 billion.

Elon Musk owns the company SpaceX. Musk said on Twitter “Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.” 

There is no immediate problem for the International Space Station crew as they have a supply of food and other equipment to last them 4 months.

SpaceX lost contact with the Falcon 9 about 2 minutes and 19 seconds after liftoff, NASA said.
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (founded in June 2002) is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company with its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, USA.



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