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SpaceX blames failure on design

Business Briefing / AEROSPACE

August 07, 2008|From Times Wire Services

A private rocket company has blamed a design error for its latest failure to reach orbit.

SpaceX said its two-stage Falcon 1 rocket separated as planned on its way to space, but residual thrust after engine cutoff caused the first stage to fall back and hit the second stage. The company says it can easily fix the problem.

Saturday's failed launch was the third miss for SpaceX, which hopes to break into the low-cost space launch business. The company was founded by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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