New York (Web Desk) An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, carrying two tons of equipment for the International Space Station, exploded shortly after lifting off at 10.21am Eastern Time from Cape Canaveral, RT reported.
An anomaly was experienced by the vehicle on rise, tweeted SpaceX. The firm, which is possessed by the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, said it was putting together an anomaly team to discover the cause of failure.
NASA says it is yet unclear what caused the failure.
The midsized Falcon 9 has experienced just one somewhat unsuccessful launch in 2012, and in the previous three years has delivered six freights to the ISS under its $1.6 billion NASA contract.
The International Space Station, which is now working with a skeleton crew of three, has been plagued by poor deliveries in the previous months.
When the delivery vehicle burst on the launchpad, an US mission failed last October, and after reaching orbit a Russian Progress freighter did not link with the space station.
Another assignment will be launched by Russia from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.