Cape Canaveral (dpa) - A rocket from the private space company SpaceX exploded in a large fireball during a test shortly after launching in Cape Canaveral - but the mission was a complete success.
In the test, SpaceX simulated an emergency rescue system for its “Dragon” capsule - a final and successful major test before astronauts are also supposed to be on board.
Just over a minute after launch, the space capsule with dolls on board split off and catapulted itself away from the launch vehicle, which was then deliberately detonated. Then the module fell back down to earth, large parachutes slowed it down. It landed in the Atlantic nine minutes after takeoff.
According to the “New York Times”, SpaceX boss Elon Musk spoke of a “beautiful, perfect mission”. This paves the way for the first manned “Dragon” flight to the International Space Station in the coming months. SpaceX and Boeing were commissioned by the US space agency Nasa to build space ferries for astronauts. However, Boeing's “Starliner” encountered problems during an important test last month: the unmanned capsule entered an incorrect orbit after launch and was therefore unable to travel to the ISS.
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