SpaceX prototype rocket self-destructs during test flight

SpaceX prototype rocket self-destructs during test flight

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 7:36pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:09am

A test SpaceX rocket automatically self-destructed during a test flight Friday over McGregor, Tx, just west of Waco.

The rocket being tested was a three engine version of the F9R test vehicle. The F9R is a rocket that's designed to not only be fully reusable, but is also designed to fly itself back home.

The rocket automatically detonated itself after an anomaly was detected during the flight.

No was was injured.

The company released a statement via twitter on the explosion:

"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 systems 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 project, 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 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."

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