This morning, an anomaly occurred on SpaceX’s SLC-40 launch pad in preparation for a planned static fire test of the Falcon 9 that resulted in the loss of the launch vehicle and its payload, a communications satellite. SpaceX has reported that, per standard procedure, the pad was clear, and that there were no injuries.

“SpaceX is a global leader in the space industry. Lessons learned from today’s anomaly will help improve future operations and continue the expansion of access to space,” said Eric Stallmer, President of CSF. “We have full confidence that SpaceX will carefully investigate and remedy the anomaly, and safely return to launching as soon as possible.”

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 70+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.