$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
- 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
- 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?
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.