29 Jun '15, 6pm

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Is Latest in Space Station Resupply Failures

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Is Latest in Space Station Resupply Failures

A SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station ended prematurely when the Falcon 9 rocket exploded just minutes after launch. The rocket failure won’t likely change NASA's planned reliance on private spaceflight contractors such as SpaceX, but it represents the latest in a string of failed attempts to resupply the space station. The loss of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 comes just months after a Russian Progress cargo vehicle lost control during a resupply mission in May. It also follows the explosive failure of an Antares rocket during a resupply run by Orbital Sciences, another private spaceflight firm in October 2014. Together, the failures have dealt a blow to both of the private spaceflight firms responsible for NASA’s contracted resupply missions and forced NASA to rely on a Russian Soyuz rocket launch in July and a Japanese cargo ship in August for resupply in the...

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