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SpaceX rocket explodes
over McGregor facilities

KCEN News (Waco-Temple-Bryan TX), by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/23/2014 3:44:56 PM

(Video) McGREGOR, TEXAS- A Falcon 9 Rocket exploded over the McGregor SpaceX facility Friday. It was initially reported to be a Grasshopper rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk issued this response on Twitter to the rocket explosion in McGregor: "Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky." This was the second test flight for the rocket. The first was April 17. It was successful to a height of 250 meters. This is the first time one of their rockets has exploded. SpaceX issued this statement in response to the explosion: "Earlier today,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tipover, 8/23/2014 4:16:43 PM     (No. 9978021)

It did not explode, it was destroyed by an safety auto-destruct when a problem was detected. The actual problem could have been anything. The headline makes it seem like it exploded due to a problem. I hate when editors try to amp things up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Japanorama, 8/23/2014 5:01:59 PM     (No. 9978045)

Down near the West Texas town of El Paso
A new SpaceX rocket exploded today.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 8/23/2014 5:24:05 PM     (No. 9978056)

The rocket indeed explode because of a failure.

´Failure in Space X rocket leads to self-destruct explosion´

Bottom line, an unintentional failure resulted in the rocket exploding. The autodestruct explosion kept the mayhem withing the test area. That the actual explosion was by design does not make this flight anything other than a failure. The autodestruct just minimized the adverse effects of the failure.

If this kind of ailure occurred with a crew on board, the crew would escape via some escape system. It should go without saying that a manned version of this rocket system would not fly without an escape system.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Screwgun, 8/23/2014 5:46:35 PM     (No. 9978067)

It´s Bush´s fault.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/23/2014 8:48:12 PM     (No. 9978217)

Rick Perry toilet flushed millions of dollars of Texans´ money supporting this stupid boondoggle. But I doubt he even remembers doing it. Anyone who thinks Rick Perry is a good choice for 2016 might want to think again.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/24/2014 2:09:10 AM     (No. 9978399)

#2 - Nice. ;)


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Reply 7 - Posted by: toddh, 8/24/2014 12:10:57 PM     (No. 9978899)

#3 - The new SpaceX Dragon Version 2 capsule has landing rockets that would be used for launch escape capability.

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