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$200 million Antares Rocket explodes on launch

29 Oct 2014
$200 million Antares Rocket explodes on launch
  • A rocket bearing an unmanned commercial spacecraft full of stocks for the International Space Station burst within seconds after the launch.
  • Cygnus capsule and over 2,200 kilograms of freight were blasted, while NASA confirmed that no one was injured.
  • The rocket, the cargo and the capsule were worth about $200 million and was carrying "food, water, experiment and other gear for the astronauts."

Russian engine - the probable culprit for Antares failure

6 Nov 2014
Russian engine - the probable culprit for Antares failure
  • Orbital Sciences claimed that the Antares rocket explosion was probably induced by a problem in one of the rocket's two reconditioned Russian AJ-26 engines.
  • It is implausible that any Antares rockets will be used until the engines are traded.
  • The crash had an adverse effect on Orbital Sciences Corp. as clients signed on other launch companies including its biggest competitor SpaceX.

ISS Progress 59 cargo resupply ship burns up

29 Apr 2015
ISS Progress 59 cargo resupply ship burns up
  • Progress M-27M freighter, also known as Progress 59, had malfunctioned shortly after its dispatch going into an unchecked spin from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • It was assumed that it would be in the orbit for almost a week before it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.
  • The Progress was hauling 3 tons of supplies (food, water, fuel, etc.) and equipment.

What is SpaceX?

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SpaceX founded in 2002 "designs, manufactures and launches" hi-tech rockets and spacecraft. It aims to remodel space technology, with the end goal of "enabling people to live on other planets."

SpaceX's Falcon 9 disintegrates after launch

29 Jun 2015
SpaceX's Falcon 9 disintegrates after launch
  • SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket went up in flames on 28 Jun'15.
  • It happened just minutes into its launch with the robotic Dragon cargo and capsule, which were en route the International Space Station (ISS).
  • The explosion marked the third collapse of a space station resupply operation in 8 months.
  • Debris from the breakup fell into the Atlantic Ocean without causing any destruction on the ground.

SpaceX owner tweets about the debacle

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SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk tweeted: "There was an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank. Data suggests a counterintuitive cause."

Falcon launches suspended

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Falcon launches suspended
  • Following the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket breakup, SpaceX's President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said similar launches would be suspended until the FAA signs off on SpaceX's findings, which could take a few months.
  • The primary objective of the failed mission was to deliver the Dragon to the space station with more than two and a half tons of supplies and experiment equipment.

SpaceX rocket explodes during a test ahead of launch

02 Sep 2016
SpaceX rocket explodes during a test ahead of launch
  • SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket scheduled to lift off on 3 Sep'16 exploded during a routine static fire test of its engines on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral.
  • Falcon-9 was to launch the Amos-6 satellite, Israeli satellite operator Spacecom's communication probe.
  • Amos-6 might not have been damaged, but its fate is unclear.
  • No casualties have been reported; there is no threat to people's safety.