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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Explosion ... What the failed SpaceX landing may have looked like

Video SpaceX supremo Elon Musk's hopes of adding a fifth rocket to his collection of pre-used space hardware were dashed on Wednesday when the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket suffered a Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly.

The SpaceX team had been hoping to make it four successful landings of the lower stage in a row.

Looks like early liquid oxygen depletion caused engine shutdown just above the deck pic.twitter.com/Sa6uCkpknY

— Elon Musk @elonmusk June 17, 2016

Fuel is always an issue with geostationary orbital deliveries – satellites need to be boosted up to 35,786 kilometers 22,236 miles above sea level, which leaves very little fuel for a landing – thus the need for a floating landing pad, as the rocket can't make it back to land.

SpaceX has already redesigned its fuel tanks once since beginning commercial deliveries to allow more propellant to be carried, and the oxygen it uses is super-chilled to allow more to be fit on board.

— Elon Musk @elonmusk June 17, 2016

SpaceX's next scheduled delivery is a resupply mission to the International Space Station next month.

As that's in low-earth orbit, fuel won't be such a pressing concern.

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