A SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after liftoff Friday at the company's 900-acre McGregor, Texas, flight facility.
The Falcon 9 rocket, which the company hopes to incorporate on future launch vehicles, went into self-destruct mode after it registered an unexplained malfunction, CBS News is reporting.
The unmanned rocket was a test version of a three-engine successor to its reusable Grasshopper vertical-takeoff-and-landing test vehicle.
"As is our practice, the company will be reviewing the flight record details to learn more about the performance of the vehicle prior to our next test," SpaceX said in a statement.
SpaceX, a non-governmental company, has been increasing the number of its space missions. It is scheduled to launch the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite next week from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and a SpaceX cargo ship to the International Space Station on Sept. 19, according to USA Today.