Elon Musk’s SpaceX Rocket Exploded During Launch, He Thinks He Knows Why

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Surely not the tweet billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk was hoping to send this morning, amidst the launch of his company SpaceX’s CRS-7 Falcon 9 rocket destined for the International Space Station. Its mission was to deliver supplies such as food to the ISS, but quite obviously that’s not happening. It was SpaceX’s third attempt at manufacturing a reusable rocket.

The rocket exploded without any warning from the technical team operating the launch just over two minutes after it left the ground. Here’s what it looked like.

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Musk just took to Twitter to confirm the event the SpaceX team believes was a catalyst for the rocket’s demise.

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Man, what a total shame. A lot of hard work and even more money was invested into the Falcon 9 project (NASA provided $396 million while SpaceX provided over $450 million to fund rocket and capsule development efforts). Here’s full-legnth video of the failed launch from SpaceX’s control room. It includes some rocket data and telemetry readings, so maybe if you’re a novice astrophysicist or aerospace engineer you can chime in to Elon about what happened.

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And for good measure, here’s what it looked like from the ground.

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Just like that…

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Welp, back to the drawing board, SpaceX.

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