SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes After Liftoff
Anomaly in flight triggers automatic self-destruction
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Posted Aug 23, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Private spaceflight company SpaceX lost a rocket in Texas yesterday when an unmanned Falcon 9 exploded shortly after liftoff. The company says the flight self-destructed after an anomaly of some sort was detected soon into the flight. No injuries were reported. The abortive test does appear to be the exception for SpaceX, not the rule. Earlier this month, the company sent the AisaSat 8 satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9, with no problems.

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Imhotep
Aug 26, 2014 6:37 AM CDT
Looks like everybody but South American natives are sending crap into orbit. So much junk up there already it's a wonder the rocket isn't destroyed from space debris coming back down. I wouldn't be surprised if that's part of the timing of the space shot. Knowing where all that other junk is and how not to collide with it.
JoeQ
Aug 23, 2014 3:49 PM CDT
It's the nature of the beast. Nobody has ever succeeded in making rockets that work perfectly reliably.
dan6807
Aug 23, 2014 11:24 AM CDT
Sabotage is likely, other companies and the Russians don't want a successful launch platform as that would take their money away.