Sunday, June 28, 2015

SpaceX rocket heading for ISS explodes after US launch

The unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket, designed to carry supplies to the International Space Station, has exploded minutes after it was launched in Florida, NASA has said.

Sunday's incident occured approximately two and a half minutes after lift-off from Cape Canaveral in the US state.

With more than 5,200 pounds of space station cargo on board, including the first docking port designed for future commercial crew capsules, the 63-metre rocket was SpaceX's 19th Falcon 9 launch since its 2010 debut. 

 Pieces of the rocket could be seen falling into the Atlantic.

SpaceX, a private company, was contracted in 2006 by NASA to design and demonstrate a launch system to resupply cargo to the ISS

In a statement, NASA said that the failure was caused by "an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank".

"The astronauts are safe aboard the station [ISS] and have sufficient supplies for the next several months," it said...


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  1. A Russian booster rocket Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions....

    A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off flawlessly from Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, placing the Progress M-28M ship into a designated orbit, safely en route to the station. On Sunday, it's set to dock at the station currently manned by Russians Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and NASA's Scott Kelly.

    The ship is carrying 2.4 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies for the crew, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

    The previous Progress launch in April ended in failure, and Sunday a U.S. supply mission failed too when SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart shortly after liftoff. The mishaps were preceded by last October's launch pad failure of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, also carrying station cargo for


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