SpaceX has blown up a rocket to test an astronaut escape system as part of the company's final trial before it can fly manned missions.

A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday - a day later than originally scheduled due to bad weather -and was attached to a Dragon crew capsule containing two mannequins.

SpaceX now hopes its next mission flying the Dragon capsule will have astronauts inside, and would mark the first time since 2011 NASA astronauts have launched from the US after the end of the space shuttle programme.

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