I was blown away to hear this news just a few hours after the launch. The Antares rocket exploded on the launchpad just six seconds after launch. Yesterday’s post discussed how the Antares-Cygnus resupply launch was delayed by a lone man in a boat who had no clue he was in the blast zone.
Yes this is a real explosion of a NASA Rocket. Credit: NASA
First of all, it’s important to note that no one was hurt, including all personnel on site and in the control room. This was an unmanned rocket, so the major loss was the resupply capsule and its cargo, not to mention the loss of the $250 Million dollar hardware. The astronauts on the International Space Station will be fine as well and will not be short of supplies, as there are two more supply missions in the next few weeks, including a SpaceX Dragon launch.
During the launch, it appeared that something was wrong with the first rocket stage, as there was a fire. The rocket engines of the first stage then exploded in mid air, and the rocket was sent falling back to Earth where it triggered a massive explosion on the launchpad. ...