SpaceX rocket self-destructs over Texas

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McGregor, TX, United States (4E) – A reusable rocket of private spaceflight company SpaceX exploded after launch in McGregor, Texas on Friday.

No one was hurt when the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket self-destructed 38 seconds after lift-off at the SpaceX facility in McGregor. The rocket was designed to self-destruct when computers detect an anomaly.

In SpaceX’s statement and its CEO Elon Musk’s tweet after the explosion, mission controllers detected an anomaly and the F9R self-terminated.

The SpaceX statement also said the purpose of the F9R test flight is to detect anomalies.

What exactly the anomaly was not identified but SpaceX will review the flight record details to determine it.

Meanwhile, SpaceX said a different rocket will be used to launch a communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday.

The launch site for the AsiaSat 6 in Florida is also different from that in McGregor facility, according to company spokesman John Taylor.

Founded in 2002 by the former PayPal entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO, SpaceX aims to provide cheap spaceflights using reusable rockets and vehicles. It was the first private company to send a rocket into orbit in 2008.

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