Science & technology
SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight
Publish Date: Aug 23, 2014
SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight
This March 3, 2013 NASA image from video shows the SpaceX capsule Dragon attached to the Canada Arm at the International Space Staion (ISS). A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight on Friday in McGregor, Texas. (AFP/NASA)
  • mail
  • img
newvision

WASHINGTON - A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight Friday, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again.

The rocket was a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle that succeeds 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.

"Throughout the test and subsequent flight termination, the vehicle remained in the designated flight area."

SpaceX noted that a Federal Aviation Administration representative was present during the test.

It stressed that the test was "particularly complex, pushing the limits of the vehicle further than any previous test."

The company plans to review flight record details to understand what caused the problem before conducting another test.

SpaceX is competing with other companies -- including Boeing, Sierra Nevada and Blue Origin -- to be the first commercial outfit to take astronauts to space, possibly as early as 2017.

Until then, the world's astronauts must rely on Russian Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of $70 million per seat.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Apple bets on radio splash in streaming bid
In its bid to become a power in music streaming, Apple is devoting its vast resources to create what it hopes will be a first truly global radio station....
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch
An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk....
Some corals
Coral reefs are declining fast in many parts of the world due to pollution, warming seas, disease and storms....
State Department says 15 Clinton emails missing
The State Department acknowledged it could not find any record of part or all of 15 emails from Hillary Clinton dating from her time as secretary of state....
HBO launches two new shows on Facebook
HBO posted the first episodes of its two newest comedy series on Facebook on Thursday, turning the social networking site into a new platform for TV viewing....
Google self-driving prototype cars hit public roads
Google said on Thursday that its self-driving prototype cars have taken to streets in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View where it has its headquarters....
With Eddie Kenzo’s win at the BET awards, is Ugandan music being recognized worldwide?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter