September 27, 2021

Firefly rocket explodes moments after first launch | Science & Tech News

The first voyage of Firefly Aerospace’s new rocket, named Alpha, ended with an explosion moments after lift-off.

“Alpha experienced an anomaly during first stage ascent that resulted in the loss of the vehicle. As we gather more information, additional details will be provided,” the company tweeted.

Video of the launch shows the rocket exploding two-and-a-half minutes after taking off in California.

The rocket appeared to be underperforming after lift-off in California

An earlier countdown to launch Alpha was aborted with seconds to go due to unspecified technical reasons, but the launch controllers let things go ahead the second time.

Before exploding, the rocket appeared to take twice as long to break the speed of sound than had been expected.

Alpha was meant…

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