Published: CNN Money • New York
Posted By: Chris Ross
Tags: #SpaceX, #Catastrophe, #Cape Canaveral
Topic: News, Technology, Science, Space Exploration
On: September 01 2016 10:35:15 AM EDT
A SpaceX rocket exploded at its Cape Canaveral launch pad Thursday morning during a test firing, destroying the rocket and the satellite it was due to launch on Saturday.
SpaceX said there were no injuries as a result of the explosion, which it described as an “anomaly”
It happened at the Space Launch Complex 40, according to Stephanie Martin, with Kennedy Space Center Public Information.
That launchpad is used by SpaceX to launch rockets that carry supplies to the International Space Station as well as satellites. SpaceX did not have a launch scheduled for Thursday morning. It’s next scheduled launch is for early Saturday morning, when it was set to carry a private satellite into Earth’s obit for the Israeli company Spacecom.
Response teams at the base were working to confirm if there were any injuries, said Brian Purtell, the public information officer for the 45th Space Wings.
Launch Complex 40 is an Air Force facility which has been leased to SpaceX. The company has launched 25 rockets from the site since 2010. Its rockets have carried supplies to the International Space Station as well as satellites.
Contributors: Chris Isidore and Devon Sayers
September 01, 2016 10:35AM EDT