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SpaceX rocket explodes in test firing

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 00:51

The blast shook buildings miles away. Elon Musk's company said no one was injured. Zach Goelman reports.

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An explosion destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during a test firing Thursday. Video shows smoke rising from the Cape Canaveral facility in Florida. Reuters Aerospace Correspondent Irene Klotz is in Cape Canaveral along Florida's Space Coast. SOUNDBITE: IRENE KLOTZ, AEROSPACE CORRESPONDENT, REUTERS, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "On this mission it was carrying an Israeli communications satellite for a company called SpaceCom. Facebook is one of the customers for the satellite. What we know is that the rocket and the satellite were destroyed. There has not been any word yet on the extent of any damage to the launch pad. It's a huge issue and a huge setback for SpaceX which has a backlog of about ten billion dollars of launch business for NASA and commercial companies." A spokesman for the company said no one was injured.

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SpaceX rocket explodes in test firing

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - 00:51