FAA to investigate SpaceX rocket explosion

Federal investigators are investigating Thursday's SpaceX rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The explosion, which happened on a launch pad during a static fire test, rocked buildings more than a mile away and sent a plume of billowing black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it will oversee the investigation. The group sent several inspectors to the Space Coast to investigate what went wrong, and it will oversee a review of about 3,000 channels of video data.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force unit that commands the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station asked residents via Twitter on Friday to report any debris they find from Thursday morning's explosion.

Equipment worth more than $250 million was lost in the blast.

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SpaceX hasn't said much since the fiery blast consumed its Falcon 9 rocket and its commercial satellite payload. The rocket was scheduled to launch Saturday.

The company said an anomaly originated around the upper stage oxygen tank and occurred while propellant was being loaded into the vehicle.

SpaceX is still assessing the condition of its launch pad.

NASA spokesman Michael Curie said it's too early to know whether the explosion will impact planned NASA-related SpaceX launches to the International Space Station.

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"Even if there's a delay, we have other providers to deliver cargo to the Space Station," Curie said. "And right now, the Space Station is supplied. There are no concerns in that regard."

There's also no indication that the blast affected NASA's upcoming asteroid sampling mission.

Initial checks show no damage to the Atlas 5 rocket or the agency's asteroid-bound OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which stood a mile from the blast.