SpaceX's mission on Saturday was pretty mundane on the surface.
They were testing an emergency escape system for it's new spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, designed to take astronauts into orbit.
The test vehicle was in place at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral.
Several initial tests were completed successfully, but then on the final test, video appears to show the test vehicle exploding, sending orange-reddish smoke billowing into the air, which could be seen for miles.
If you are a mobile user, you can view video the purported explosion here.
Yep, this isn’t good... pic.twitter.com/4DwTTjw9MN— Astronut099 (@Astronut099) April 21, 2019
The set-back comes on the heels of a big milestone for SpaceX.
Just last month, they had a successful launch of an unmanned Crew Dragon capsule that docked with I-S-S, and then came back to earth.
The explosion will likely set SpaceX back in their mission to send astronauts into outer space, but the company has said yet how their plans may change.
This is what a successful abort test looks like: