CRS-3 Antares rocket explodes after launch

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  1. quagmire macrumors 603

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  2. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    "There has been a vehicle anomaly"
    tweet by Orbital Sciences, right after the explosion.

    Understatement of the century.


    i was watching it live on nasatv. initially it almost looked like the explosion wasn't the rocket, but just the launch pad.
    well, luckily it wasn't manned, but that is terrible. another setback for our space industry, not to mention the needed supplies for ISS.
    i can't even think about the poor suckers who had their research pegged on this launch. they must be suicidal.
     
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    The cool thing about this location is you can watch it from a lot of the east coast. The first attempt was delayed by a boat.

    You can clearly see the problem right at launch. That thing did not have a chance. You just hope they can get a little higher in the sky before they blow.
     
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    So now the NSA is spying on the astronauts?

    Hey Houston, whats in the box. Nothing, just unpack it and leave it in the corner.
     
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    The rocket, which was built by Orbital Sciences Corp., was carrying an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft with about 5,000 pounds of cargo on board including classified equipment that uses sensitive cryptographic technology.

    Shortly after the incident, an unidentified official on the range controller's audio channel noted that the cargo contained "class-5 crypto" and so the launch site must be kept secure.

    http://www.computerworld.com/articl...gear-could-slow-recovery-of-cygnus-cargo.html
     
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    I don't even wanna know how much money that flushed down the drain.. but damn, that was a hell of a fireworks show. :eek:
     
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    Was a rocket built by the private sector, you know, the infallible ones.

    Meanwhile, the Russians have launched and docked a resupply rocket already.
     
  10. quagmire thread starter macrumors 603

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    Well if the engine was indeed the cause of the failure..... Russia's fault. :p

    The engines are Russian built( made in the 1970's mind you) and were made for failed N-1 rocket.

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    Looking at CRS-2's launch, everything looked fine until the exhaust plume changed when likely the rockets self-destruct mechanism activated.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYYNc2_EqQY
     
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    Yeah, "Wardrobe Malfunctions" are a heck-of-a-lot better... :eek:

    ;)
     
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    Huh? Are these new engines of a 70s design or 30 year old engines?

    Heads will roll! Fortunately no fatalities...
     
  13. quagmire thread starter macrumors 603

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    The engines were built back in the 70's for the N-1 rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne bought them in the 90's and refurbished and modernized them so they would work in US rockets.
     
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    Is there a known glitch with these engines?
     
  15. quagmire thread starter macrumors 603

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    There was an engine failure back in May with one of the engines during a flight readiness test at Stennis( the engine wasn't in this rocket, was slated for 2015 use). Orbital and Aerojet Rocketdyne said they determined the cause. Though they kept the reason a secret to the public.

    I bet after this failure and if it was indeed the engine that caused it (and it was the same issue that caused the engine failure during the test back in May), Orbital will have to be more transparent now. This could reek of the Challenger/Columbia disaster all over again.

    On a side note, reading the youtube comments of the youtube video is hilarious. All the Russians bad mouthing the US easily forget the recent failures of their own rockets( Proton and the failed second stage that put a Galileo satellite in the wrong orbit).
     
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    But fortunately without the loss of life. Thanks for the info!
     
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    That we know of.;)
     
  18. quagmire thread starter macrumors 603

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    The launch pad surprisingly escaped major damage.

    [​IMG]

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2014/10/31/initial-assessment-shows-antares-pad-intact/
     
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    That explosion was pretty spectacular. Hopefully they figure out what went wrong quickly.
     

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