Sunday, June 28, 2015

Falcon 9 fails after launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station aboard a Dragon cargo ship broke apart Sunday after liftoff. It happened about 2 1/2 minutes into the flight. More than 5,000 pounds of cargo was on board, including the first docking port designed for future commercial crew capsules. The Falcon 9 appeared to break apart while traveling at 2,900 mph, about 27 miles up. The failure was SpaceX's first by a Falcon 9 after seven previous supply mission. It's the 19th Falcon 9 launch since 2010. SpaceX's Falcon 9 is expected to eventually be used to launch crew missions. (Source: multiple, including AP via Yahoo, USA Today, CBSNews, Reuters, NASA statement, 06/28/15) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is developing its next generation of rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.