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SpaceX upgraded engine for Falcon 9 rocket blasts on testing
Elon Musk's SpaceX suffered yet another setback on Thursday when the upgraded engine that was designed for the company's Falcon 9 rocket exploded while testing.

Falcon 9 is the rocket that is scheduled to carry NASA astronauts into orbit. The company was testing the new engine at its Texas facility. The blast is reported to have been caused due to the engine catching fire during a leak check prior to ignition.

In a statement, the spokesperson of the company said, "SpaceX experienced an anomaly during a qualification test set up of a Merlin engine at our rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas."

He also said that while the company will carry out an investigation into the blast but at the same time said that this blast is not going to have an impact on the company's future plans.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the explosion. The company has already had 16 successful launches this year. What makes this year even a more remarkable one for the company is that out of the 16 rockets that it successfully launched, 13 were able to land back successfully, without suffering any damage, a feat which is being considered a milestone in the space travel industry. Space X is planning to reuse parts of the satellites that it is able to land back successfully.

Though the engine was scheduled to be used next year, this specific failure is critical for the company because SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Falcon 9 mission just days away, on November 15.

SpaceX is already into ferrying cargo for NASA and into launching secret & sensitive satellites for the United States government. Along with Boeing, SpaceX is set to ferry NASA astronauts, a contract that it has won and that should be beginning from early next year.

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