SpaceX landing streak ends with Falcon 9 rocket explosion

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches satellites, fails to land and explodes.

@seanridgeley
Published Thu, Jun 16 2016 11:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

SpaceX has been on a roll lately with three consecutive successful rocket launches and landings. It all came to an end yesterday though when its Falcon 9 rocket failed to land on a floating drone ship at sea and promptly exploded (or suffered a "rapid unscheduled disassembly" as founder Elon Musk puts it), but not before it successfully launched two satellites into orbit.

SpaceX landing streak ends with Falcon 9 rocket explosion | TweakTown.com

Musk says the explosion was caused by low thrust in one of the rocket's three primary engines, and that the company is now working on upgrades to the rocket in order to handle the same situation in the future.

SpaceX has a carg resupply mission for the International Space Station next month, followed closely by a Falcon 9 ground landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida and a satellite launch in August.

NEWS SOURCE:theverge.com

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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