Watch a SpaceX Falcon rocket explode upon landing [VIDEO]
Accident comes less than a month after company completes first unmanned vertical landing.
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX founder Elon Musk has done a handful of pretty amazing things in the last few years, and now he’s provided the world with an up close view at an almost-successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket onboard a droneship floating in the Pacific Ocean.
In an Instagram video posted Jan. 17, Musk said the crash was likely caused by a malfunctioning collet lockout that doesn’t latch on one of the rocket’s four legs, causing it to tip over and explode in flames. He blamed ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff for the malfunction.
The accident comes less than a month after a Space X Falcon 9 unmanned rocket returned to land vertically, landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida. successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket
“Welcome back, baby!” Musk tweeted after touchdown Dec. 22.
Check out the amazing video below, originally posted by Mashable News.