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avatar The Mad Carrot 28th October 2014, 23:31 PM

I've seen a lot of rocket launches live on NASA TV and SpaceFlightNow.com, including todays launch of the Antares rocket carrying the Sygnus spacecraft to resupply the ISS, as seen here, 4 minutes and 28 seconds before launch:

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But the launch didn't really go as planned:

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It exploded six seconds after lift-off.

Aerial view of the damaged Antares launchpad:

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Live NASA webcast footage of the failed launch
Video of the failure from the press site
Video of the failure from 3000ft

This is the first time I've seen a launch failure live. Holy crap.

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avatar Jessie says: 29th October 2014, 00:40 AM
Were there people on that thing?
avatar The Mad Carrot says: 29th October 2014, 00:42 AM
No, it's an unmanned launch vehicle. Still devastating though.
avatar Captain Terror says: 29th October 2014, 01:49 AM
Yowser!

Must have been really surreal seeing it live :o
avatar Captain Terror says: 29th October 2014, 02:21 AM
^ That's hott..

There's got to be an easier way to space than this... Shouldn't we at least have the technology now to launch these things without them blowing up anymore?
avatar brendanmint says: 29th October 2014, 02:23 AM
Hopefully SpaceX doesn't have this problem when they start doing manned missions. Curious as to what caused it, wish I could go to spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccceeeeeeeeeee.
avatar JeffMOD says: 29th October 2014, 03:00 AM
When I first heard about this, I was just really glad it was unmanned.
Massive financial loss, I'm sure, and I hope it wasn't carrying, like, food or anything else that's needed on the ISS urgently, but at least nobody died in the blast.
Really impressed that the control room personnel were able to remain calm.
avatar DiscoStu says: 29th October 2014, 04:17 AM
Maaan. Glad there was noone on it. I still remember the Columbia.
avatar BulletTrap says: 29th October 2014, 04:42 AM
I remember watching the challenger disaster as a kid.(Yeah, I'm old...) I agree that you wonder why we haven't mastered technology that's been around since the '40s, but it goes to show how really difficult a task it remains. I'm also very glad that it was an unmanned mission.I hope they get the supplies up there soon.
avatar Stojke says: 29th October 2014, 06:52 AM
The same thing happened with Soyuz when it was carrying GLONASS. (Two times)
avatar Striker says: 29th October 2014, 07:56 AM
Aren't they using reconditioned USSR rockets as old as 60'? If that's the case, I see where the problem is coming.

[EDIT] People making weird noises at 0:15
avatar The Mad Carrot says: 29th October 2014, 17:08 PM
That could be the case indeed, striker. It was just too much for the old engine, and it exploded.
avatar DiscoStu says: 29th October 2014, 17:39 PM
That's what happens when you work with things that explode, though :P
avatar Striker says: 29th October 2014, 18:39 PM
That's like saying to a failed bomb explosion that instead only burns "that's what happens when you work with things that are flammable" :P.
avatar Bruce says: 29th October 2014, 22:04 PM
50 year old solid fuel rockets? you gotta be kidding
avatar The Mad Carrot says: 30th October 2014, 00:18 AM
I've added a photo of the damaged launchpad and a video of the launch failure from inside a small plane at 3000ft.
avatar Captain Terror says: 30th October 2014, 04:31 AM
Can't NASA just make a big trebuchet or steam catapult to shoot men and materials into space? :P
avatar DiscoStu says: 30th October 2014, 18:07 PM
I approve of this. Where do I sign up?
avatar Archie says: 31st October 2014, 23:06 PM
The week just got much darker for space flight as a pilot tragically lost his life in a solid rocket booster failure and explosion on a SpaceShipTwo test flight.
avatar The Mad Carrot says: 31st October 2014, 23:30 PM
Yeah, I was about to tell about that here. Terrible indeed. :(
avatar Jessie says: 17th October 2016, 15:38 PM
I heard another Antares rocket will take to the skies almost two years from now.
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