Reports from NASA have confirmed that there was an explosion at a SpaceX launch site just moments ago. The blast was described as being rather large, with structures several miles away from the Cape Canaveral site shaking from the energy.
The company was working on one of its unmanned rockets, a Falcon 9 that was supposed to launch an Israeli satellite this weekend, when things went awry this morning (Sept. 1, 2016).
Photo of the explosion at the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral this morning. pic.twitter.com/RWUKLGq6v4
— Mike Gruss (@Gruss_SN) September 1, 2016
Reports assert that the test was considered routine, and it is unclear what went wrong. Emergency services are currently responding to the situation, and while no information is currently available regarding the nature of the explosions or the extent of the damage, representatives assert that there are currently no known casualties.
Over the course of the past year, SpaceX has established itself as being the company at the forefront of the reusable rocket industry. They had their sixth successful rocket landing (out of 11 attempts) just a few weeks back. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had previously noted that the company would finally attempt to actually reuse one of the rockets in September or October of this year.
However, it is likely that today’s events will impact this timeline.