SpaceX rocket explodes during routine test.
On Thursday, September 1st, the Space X Dragon rocket was preparing to undergo a routine pre-launch test firing. The rocket and payload were destroyed in the explosion.
The rocket was supposed to carry a communications satellite to orbit. The satellite was built by an Israeli firm and contracted for Facebook. The estimated cost of the payload was $200M. Future SpaceX launches will be paused while an investigation into the cause will take place. This is not the first incident for Elon Musk’s company. Last year, another SpaceX rocket exploded during ascent.
The video was posted by USLaunchReport.com. The explosion begins at 1:10 into the video.