From the first rocket to reach outer space in 1942, to Sputnik in 1957, the moon landing in 1969, the Space Shuttle program, to the International Space Station and beyond one lesson has remained constant: “Space is Hard.” This morning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center’s Space Launch Complex 40 SpaceX proved that truth once again. During the propellant filling phase of the wet dress rehearsal for the planned Falcon 9 weekend launch of Amos-6, an anomaly occurred, originating around the upper stage liquid oxygen tank and resulting in the Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly (RUD) of both Falcon 9 and its $200 million satellite payload and causing significant damage to the launch pad. SLC-40 was evacuated prior to the test, and there have been no reports of injuries. The cause of the anomaly and extent of the damage will not be known for several weeks as SpaceX inspects their facilities, and reviews all available data to find the root cause. In the meantime, the damage to the launch pad alone has thrown SpaceX’s aggressive launch schedule up in the air, delaying all east coast Falcon launches for at least several months. Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone at SpaceX whose blood, sweat, and tears went into building that rocket. But SpaceX is tough. They've endured vehicle failures in the past, and I trust they will bounce back from this one as well. Their customers are still confident in them, and this afternoon a spokesman for SES said they have had no second thoughts about flying SES-10 with SpaceX on their first flight-proven Falcon 9 to fly back to space again. Like, comment and subscribe to stay with us for updated information as it’s released, and don’t forget to tune in for our weekly live show this Saturday 18:00UTC / 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT at www.tmro.tv/live. All Credit for the Original Source Video goes to USLaunchReport.com, whose tireless dedication and commitment to the US and documenting its space program for the world.
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