A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has exploded in Cape Canaveral, Florida, local reports say.
The explosion comes ahead of SpaceX’s plans to launch Israeli-based Spacecom’s Amos 6 satellite with the Falcon 9 this coming Saturday. SpaceX had also announced plans to commercially reuse its rocket, which launched to the International Space Station and landed in Cape Canaveral in mid-July, later this year.
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SpaceX had partnered with SES, a Luxembourgh-based communications satellite operator, to deliver an SES-10 satellite via the previously-flown Falcon 9. It is unconfirmed whether the rocket that exploded is the one that had recently landed at Cape Canaveral.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 1, 2016
Wow, SpaceX rocket just blew up on pad. Shook our whole bldg. pic.twitter.com/PMxZA4v4IV
— SpaceCoastTiger (@TigernBear) September 1, 2016
— Grant Tremblay (@astrogrant) September 1, 2016
I was hiding in the bushes and just seen SpaceX Falcon 9 explode and pieces are falling all around me and I'm scared shitless…
— kdev (@740kdev) September 1, 2016
— Erin Head (@ErinHead_HIM) September 1, 2016
At the time of publish, there are no reported injuries.
Update 10:45 am ET:
SpaceX has released a statement confirming the explosion was due to an “anomaly” during testing, resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload.
Update on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/1ogCMPCY44
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016