SpaceX Video: Flight of the Falcon
"There has been an anomaly on the vehicle."
Just over 2 minutes into flight, the third test of SpaceX's Falcon 1 ended. The history of rocketry tells us that there are many failures before a success. The views of Kwajalein Atoll as the vehicle passes Mach 1 are spectacular. In the meantime, Falcon 9 has successfully completed ground firing of all 9 engines. Elon Musk has vowed to continue, with another Falcon 1 launch soon.
Despite the failures, SpaceX may still complete the NASA COTS contract. The COTS D option would allow human flights to ISS, possibly our best hope for the "Gap." As SpaceX's Laurence Williams said a month ago in San Francisco, Falcon 9 and Dragon would be all-American spacecraft. Let us wish SpaceX the best of luck next time.