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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA said an unmanned Antares rocket exploded 6 seconds after liftoff Tuesday night.

The rocket was carrying the Cygnus spacecraft with supplies that were going to the International Space Station. It was carrying 5,000 pounds of cargo.

NASA said shortly after the accident there did not appear to be any injuries.

An official did say there was significant damage to the vehicle and property at the launch site.

The Antares rocket is built by private commercial space flight company Orbital Sciences.

The launch was originally scheduled for Monday night, but a boat floated into the restricted zone forcing officials to scrub the launch


http://kdvr.com/2014/10/28/nasa-rocket-b...-virginia/








I hope they get a refund. Privatizing the space industry looks like a bad idea. We don't need the rejects from the quality control line.

Luke Mauser

What is the claimed benefit of paying private companies to send stuff to space, rather than the established and experienced staff of NASA doing it?
Not to be grim or anything here but didn't the Challenger also explode 6 seconds after lift off? Seem sort of odd that something headed off into space blew up seconds after lift off thirty years later.
(10-29-2014 06:31 PM)Luke Mauser Wrote: [ -> ]What is the claimed benefit of paying private companies to send stuff to space, rather than the established and experienced staff of NASA doing it?

taxpayer is not paying for it
(10-29-2014 07:41 PM)skyblue1 Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-29-2014 06:31 PM)Luke Mauser Wrote: [ -> ]What is the claimed benefit of paying private companies to send stuff to space, rather than the established and experienced staff of NASA doing it?

taxpayer is not paying for it

And whoever built this thing had no idea how to design things meant to go into space.
(10-29-2014 08:02 PM)Captain Jigglypuff Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-29-2014 07:41 PM)skyblue1 Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-29-2014 06:31 PM)Luke Mauser Wrote: [ -> ]What is the claimed benefit of paying private companies to send stuff to space, rather than the established and experienced staff of NASA doing it?

taxpayer is not paying for it

And whoever built this thing had no idea how to design things meant to go into space.

First failure upon launch.

So yes they do know what they are doing.
Antares, known during early development as Taurus II, is an expendable launch system developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation. Able to launch payloads heavier than 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) into low-Earth orbit, it made its inaugural flight on April 21, 2013.[4] Designed to launch the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of NASA's COTS and CRS programs, Antares is the largest rocket operated by Orbital Sciences.

NASA awarded to Orbital a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Space Act Agreement (SAA) in 2008 to demonstrate delivery of cargo to the International Space Station. For these COTS missions Orbital intends to use Antares to launch its Cygnus spacecraft. In addition, Antares will compete for small-to-medium missions.[8] On December 12, 2011, Orbital Sciences renamed the launch vehicle "Antares" from the previous designation of Taurus II, after the star of the same name.[9]

Antares made four successful launches to orbit in its first five attempts. On October 28, 2014, an Antares rocket exploded just after liftoff, completely destroying the vehicle and badly damaging launch pad 0 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antares_(rocket)
It is rumored they blew it up intentonally, as it was going off course.

Only lost 200 million on the launch

Heterodox

(10-29-2014 07:41 PM)skyblue1 Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-29-2014 06:31 PM)Luke Mauser Wrote: [ -> ]What is the claimed benefit of paying private companies to send stuff to space, rather than the established and experienced staff of NASA doing it?

taxpayer is not paying for it

Obama changed NASA's mission. They no longer have any interest in low orbit space flight. That has been left to the private sector to develop. Their new mission is to explore the rest of the solar system, something that the shuttle and these rockets servicing the space station cannot do.

The new vehicle to do this is called Orion and I think its first test flight is planned for December. It is huge.
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