Watch SpaceX’s rocket explode in a massive fireball
As long as people smear Asian products as low quality crap as opposed to “high Western quality”, I will continue to post inconvenient facts.
As SpaceX prepared to test fire the powerful engines of its Falcon 9 rocket, an explosion rocked its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday morning, blowing up the rocket, making it the second the company has lost in a fireball in just over a year.
There were no humans on board, and no one was hurt. But the massive explosion could be felt for miles and a plume of dark, thick smoke hung over the coastline as emergency officials scrambled to assess the damage.
The accident came at a pivotal moment for SpaceX, the upstart company founded by Elon Musk that has for years been flying commercial satellites to orbit and cargo to the International Space Station for NASA.
Along with Boeing, SpaceX is now preparing to ferry astronauts for the first time to the station under a contract with NASA. The mission was slated to take place as soon as next year, but some officials say Thursday’s explosion is likely to prompt new scrutiny. The explosion came on the same day a government watchdog reported that human flights to the station could be delayed because of technical issues with the companies’ spacecraft designs.
Watch SpaceX’s rocket explode in a massive fireball - The Washington Post:
@asianmovement The timing couldn’t be worse.
China has unofficially suffered its first failure of the year during the attempt to launch the Gaofen-10 remote sensing satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday. Launching from the LC9 Launch Complex at around 18:53 UTC, the Long March-4C (Chang Zheng-4C) failied for reasons not yet known.
Long March 4C apparently fails during Gaofen-10 launch | NASASpaceFlight.com:
you now whats funny? I havent heard news of one explosion from the Long March Rockets ever. IIRC , this is spacex’s 2nd explosion in two years