Picking up the Pieces – SpaceX begins Investigation into Falcon 9 On-Pad Explosion

While teams are picking up the pieces left of the Falcon 9 rocket after its dramatic on-pad explosion on Thursday, a relentless effort has gotten underway at SpaceX to trace back the root cause of the mishap that claimed the loss of the AMOS-6 communications satellite.

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Dramatic Still Frames – Falcon 9 explodes atop Cape Canaveral Launch Pad

SpaceX suffered a major setback on Thursday when the company’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded atop its Cape Canaveral SLC-40 launch pad during the countdown to what was expected to be a routine Static Fire Test to clear the rocket for a Saturday morning liftoff with the Israeli AMOS-6 satellite.

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Falcon 9 Rocket lifts Japanese Communications Satellite, aces high-energy Ocean Landing

SpaceX earned double check marks Saturday night, successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the JCSat-16 communications satellite to a high-energy orbit and managing a perfect landing of the rocket’s first stage on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the Atlantic Ocean to be ferried back to shore for continued re-use testing.

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