By Jack Davis
Posted 10/06/16, 10:11 am PST
A SpaceX rocket carrying a communications satellite exploded on the Launchpad early on the morning of September 1st. The rocket known as the Falcon9 was carrying a communications satellite for an Israeli company, Spacecom, to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.
Danielle K posted this photo on Twitter with this caption:
"#SpaceX #falcon9," Sept. 1, 2016/abcnews.go.com
SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, California, developed Falcon9 to primarily carry cargo and satellites to put in orbit.
This is not the first time that the Falcon9 rocket has exploded and destroyed the cargo along with it. Last June Falcon9 was carrying NASA cargo to the International Space Station when a strut holding a helium bottle snapped and caused an explosion during flight. SpaceX confirmed in a report the this explosion was caused by an “anomaly.”
The September 1 explosion rocked buildings within miles of the air station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. People took to twitter after this explosion:
Wow, SpaceX rocket just blew up on pad. Shook our whole bldg. pic.twitter.com/PMxZA4v4IV
— SpaceCoastTiger (@TigernBear) Sept. 1, 2016
The first explosion happened during test starts of the engines and then more explosions continued for several moments.
Beginning next year, NASA plans on using the Falcon9 to carry cargo with astronauts to the International Space Station. Public concern for human safety on future manned flights was challenged with this recent explosion. SpaceX currently has 40 launches listed on manifests.