Antares Rocket Explosion – First hand account from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
The editor of collectSPACE.com Robert Pearlman speaks to @TariqJMalik about what he saw from the ground at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. He was at the NASA press observation site, a few miles from the launch pad on Oct. 28th, 2014.
Prior to today’s disaster, Antares made four successful launches to orbit. The explosion destroyed the vehicle, its payload, and badly damaged Launch Pad 0 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The first mission was a test launch, the second mission was a test docking with the International Space Station. The third and fourth missions were successful re-supply missions to the International Space Station. Yesterday’s failed mission included a satellite from Planetary Resources — a company with long term goals of mining asteroids.
Live reaction from news anchors on WBALTV — the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland.
An unmanned rocket exploded shortly after takeoff Tuesday evening on Virginia’s eastern shore. Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket was carrying thousands of pounds of equipment to restock the International Space Station.
Video of Antares explosion from Oyster Bay — about 1.5 miles from the spaceport.
— Tariq J. Malik (@tariqjmalik) October 29, 2014
Successful launch of Antares rocket on April 21, 2013 — the inaugural flight of the rocket.
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