Antares rocket to ISS Exploded After Takeoff

Astronomy Science ~ An unmanned NASA rocket, Antares which will carry cargo to the ISS explode a few seconds after takeoff on Tuesday eveni...

Astronomy Science ~ An unmanned NASA rocket, Antares which will carry cargo to the ISS explode a few seconds after takeoff on Tuesday evening (28 October).

Antares unmanned rocket exploded after launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 6:22 EDT (22:22 GMT). Antares rocket carrying the unmanned Cygnus orbital plane containing food, scientific equipment, and other equipment with a total of 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms).

This is the first accident that happened since the American space agency was handed over ISS cargo missions to the private airline operators.

Looks very big explosion and the fire immediately soared into the sky. Instantly the stock Orbital Science shattered on the trading floor. Its shares fell 12.74 percent, or about US $ 3.87 to only US $ 26.50.

Antares rocket exploded shortly after takeoff
"The cause of the explosion is not yet known. However, we can be sure if there were no fatalities in this incident," said a spokesman for NASA missions, Dan Huot. Orbital Sciences spokesman also gave a similar opinion.

This is the first Antares accident. Four previously successfully executed Antares mission to bring the cargo ship to the ISS. In order to supply the carrier's mission, NASA hired two private space flight company, Orbital Science and SpaceX.

Incident yesterday, a cargo flight plan for the third time, from eight airlines listed in the cooperation contract with NASA's Orbital. Throughout both cooperation contract worth US $ 1.9 billion.

The second private company invited to NASA cooperate is owned SpaceX Elon Musk. This one is preparing the 4th flight under a contract with NASA worth US $ 1.6 billion.

Antares that exploded was claimed to have obtained the renewal of the system and the performance here and there, even the engine is even more powerful. Antares brings Cygnus plane that contains the equipment and supplies to the ISS.

The supply weighs 2,293 kilograms, along with science experiment equipment. Apparently capacity Antares that exploded was carrying 15 percent more than previous missions.

In addition to food, supplies and equipment, Cygnus also carry science experiments weighing more than 725 kilograms, including investigative tool for analyzing chemical meteor. Cygnus also bring prototypes owned satellite-based Planetary Resources in Washington, who developed the technology to mine the asteroid material.

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Antares rocket to ISS Exploded After Takeoff
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