SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes on Launch Pad During Pre-Flight Test

Dramatic SpaceX news out of Florida this morning:

There has been an explosion on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the aerospace company SpaceX was readying an unmanned rocket for launch.

The cause of the blast is not clear and it is not known if anyone was hurt.

Nasa said SpaceX was test-firing a rocket which was due to take a satellite into space this weekend…..

Local emergency officials described the incident as a “catastrophic abort during a static test fire”.

The payload was the Amos 6 communications satellite. The launch had been scheduled for Saturday.