ISS-bound NASA rocket explodes on takeoff in Virginia


A Nasa rocket going for the ISS has blown up six seconds after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Local Spaceport on Wallops Island in Virginia. The Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares space rocket was on its third resupply assignment to the ISS. It was unmanned and no losses have been stated.

It seems one of the main engines blasted. NASA mission observer Dan Huot said it was not known what triggered the mishap. NASA said the Orbital Sciences team was performing its emergency measures, safeguarding the site and data, together with all telemetry from the Antares launch lorry and Cygnus rocket.

Orbital Sciences has a $1.9 billion agreement with NASA to arrange for the launch vehicle and cargo spacecraft while NASA runs the processes. The Antares skyrocket was transporing 2033 kg of gear to the station including 617 kg of food. But NASA said nil was immediately needed and a Russian supply assignment was due soon.

The rocket was due to lift-off on Monday night, but that was negated due to safety worries when a boat advanced too close to the launch site.
NASA said it would hold a news meeting to provide informs as soon as likely.




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