On Sunday morning, SpaceX was trying once again to send an unmanned rocket to the International Space Station and then land it on a barge out in the ocean… and, well, they didn't quite make it.
Just minutes after liftoff, the rocket exploded in mid-air before it could even get close to the ISS, and at least for another day, civilian space hopes were (temporarily) dashed.
On Twitter, the outfit confirmed the "anomaly":
The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent. Team is investigating. Updates to come.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX)
An hour later, founder Elon Musk updated with what they know so far:
There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
That's all we can say with confidence right now. Will have more to say following a thorough fault tree analysis.
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