SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

Anomaly in flight triggers automatic self-destruction

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner

Posted Aug 23, 2014 9:29 AM CDT

(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. Newsy reports:

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