SpaceX launch live blog: Latest updates as Falcon 9 rocket set to explode

Anthony Cuthbertson
Illustration of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket during the In-Flight Abort Test for Nasa's Commercial Crew Program: SpaceX

SpaceX has launched and exploded a 500-tonne rocket in mid-air as part of the last major safety test before sending astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

The In-Flight Abort Test saw the Falcon 9 rocket experience a planned "rapid, unscheduled disassembly" shortly after take-off.

The launch was originally planned for Saturday but was postponed until Sunday due to adverse weather conditions.

Sunday's launch was delayed three separate times but a six-hour launch window allowed it to eventually lift-off at 10.30am ET (3.30pm GMT).

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