Ongoing Coverage: SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 7 accident
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 encountered an anomaly approximately two minutes 19 seconds into the seventh operational flight to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred right on time at 10:21 a.m. EDT (14:21 GMT) during the instantaneous launch window (1 second). Everything appeared to be proceeding normally until about the time of staging – when something clearly went wrong.
Elon Musk posted the following on Twitter at 10:40 a.m. EDT (14:40 GMT): “Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as we review the data.”
NASA issued the following statement shortly after the accident: SpaceX CRS-7 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:21 a.m. EDT. After liftoff, an anomaly occurred. SpaceX is evaluating the issue, and NASA Television will carry a news conference no earlier than 12:30 p.m.
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Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.