A three-engine version of the Falcon 9 rocket was being tested on Friday, based on SpaceX’s Grasshopper prototype.
“During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission, ” the company said in a statement on Friday.
“Throughout the test and subsequent flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area, ” it added.
The test flight pushed the limits of the rocket “further than any previous test.”
SpaceX is working to be the first commercial company to be able to take astronauts to space as early as 2017 via reusable spacecraft.
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