An explosion has rocked the SpaceX launch site in Florida.
A SpaceX booster rocket exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as tropical storm Hermine bore down on the area. The cause for the explosion is yet unknown. According to NBC, buildings several miles away shook from the blast, and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. A cloud of dark smoke filled the overcast sky.
Live feed from Cape Canaveral:
The rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli satellite (providing Facebook broadband to Africa) this weekend.
Citing NASA security, one source reported that the rocket blew up during “wet dress rehearsal.” This is the type of pre-launch test that uses actual liquid propellant, but may or may not involve the payload.
Bloomberg reports that SpaceX was conducting a test firing of unmanned rocket when the blast occurred, AP says, citing NASA.
- Rocket was supposed to hoist an Israeli satellite this weekend
- Test in advance of a planned Saturday launch
- Test was considered routine
NASA says SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred Thursday morning. pic.twitter.com/Bc7kNiq6E0— WESH 2 News (@WESH) September 1, 2016
Injuries are unknown for now:
Wow, SpaceX rocket just blew up on pad. Shook our whole bldg. pic.twitter.com/PMxZA4v4IV— SpaceCoastTiger (@TigernBear) September 1, 2016
Explosion at space x pad pic.twitter.com/YNRrIqfjDh— Frank Jakubetz (@u2canbfmj) September 1, 2016