9 November 2017
The Washington Post reports that SpaceX is investigating Sunday’s explosion of one of its experimental rockets “at the company’s facility in Texas, the company confirmed Wednesday.” A next-generation Merlin engine in development exploded during what SpaceX called a “qualification test.” No injuries were reported, but SpaceX said that it is “now conducting a thorough and fully transparent investigation of the root cause” of the explosion. SpaceX does not expect the incident to affect its launch schedules, but engine testing has been suspended until the engine stand is repaired.  (Image: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 1, 2016. Credit: Associated Press–©)
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