SpaceX rocket explodes two minutes after take-off
THE SpaceX rocket has blown up just two minutes after liftoff, NASA has confirmed.
Footage shows the rocket exploding mid air moments after take off from its launch pad in Florida on the way to the international space station.
It was the third attempt to launch the unmanned Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket to get supplies to the International Space Station.
The private space-launch operator behind it, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, was planning for it to be the for first reusable rocket. In a tweet NASA said:
Musk has tweeted saying the company will release details of the explosion as soon as the team have reviewed the data.
He later tweeted:
There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests counterintuitive cause.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2015