Once again, SpaceX has audaciously attempted to land a rocket in the middle of the ocean, and once again, something went horribly wrong. Unlike the first two tries earlier this year, this once didn’t make it to the ground, not even close. Rather, the rocket exploded quite spectacularly in mid-air.
Elon Musk is getting used to delivering this sort of news on Twitter:
Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.
The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent. Team is investigating. Updates to come.
“It’s not clear exactly what happened yet, and even exactly at what point the vehicle failed,” Falcon 9 launch control said during livestream of the event moments ago. According to NASA, anomaly teams are putting together data right now using whatever their downrange instruments were able to see, and preparing for a press conference at 5:30 pm BST. We’ll update as soon as we learn more.