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Elon Musk's SpaceX Rocket Exploded during Test

09 November 2017, 05:48 | Justin Tyler

Enlarge Nine Merlin engines power the first stage of a Falcon 9

Enlarge  Nine Merlin engines power the first stage of a Falcon 9

Merlin engines, which power Falcon 9 rockets, are built in Hawthorne, California and transported to McGregor for test fires, both individually and later when mounted onto rockets.

On Sunday, while testing the next generation of Merlin intended for the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, the company suffered a setback when one of its newest Merlin 1D engines blew up before firing in a qualification test. But the fact that SpaceX is going to reexamine its engine design, specifically, could mean that the firm wanted to further increase available thrust with the Block 5 engine, or that the explosion is related to other changes to the base design.

Recently, the company SpaceX has received official approval to reuse the first stages of their Falcon 9 rockets, which should greatly reduce the cost of production and the organization of launches for various space missions. Again, no one was hurt.

The company has already flown 16 times successfully this year, tying the most number of its launches by its major competitor, the United Launch Alliance. Luckily, nobody was injured when the rocket exploded and now the company is conducting a thorough investigation into what caused the malfunction, according to the Washington Post. In a statement provided to the Post, SpaceX representatives said they didn't expect the explosion to affect the company's launch schedule.

The Block 5 is scheduled to launch in 2018, and will be used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station - the first time a commercial aircraft will be used to transport humans to the station. It is also deploying highly sensitive satellites for the Pentagon.

In the us state of Texas passed failed test of a Merlin engine jet used for reusable launch vehicles Falcon 9. But he has warned that the Heavy is a complex rocket, which uses 27 first-stage engines, and that it too could explode.

Musk said earlier this year, "I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage". It should be noted that this is not the first fiasco space company, as the summer in 2015, the rocket with cargo for the worldwide space station crashed during a failed start. "Major pucker factor, really".

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