Dramatic video: The moment SpaceX rocket exploded on launch pad
A dramatic video showing the explosion of SpaceX rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida was captured on Thursday morning.
The rocket was expected to carry Facebook-backed Israeli communications satellite, AMOS 6, to space on Saturday. The rocket was without a crew and exploded on its pad before a test took place.
The video of the failed test shows the rocket suddenly and violently, bursting into flames and black smoke billowing from the destruction.
In a statement, SpaceX confirmed the incident, saying: “The anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tank and occurred during propellant loading of the vehicle. Per standard operating procedure, all personnel were clear of the pad and there were no injuries.”
Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2016
Update on this morning's anomaly pic.twitter.com/1ogCMPCY44
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 1, 2016