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Old October 28th, 2014, 07:38 PM
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Anyone in VA see the NASA rocket explosion?

It just looked bad on TV, must've been overwhelming in person
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Old October 28th, 2014, 07:45 PM
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Who's rocket was it? Russian, lot one of the other ones
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Old October 28th, 2014, 07:55 PM
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I think that was a stage one Ukrainian rocket. Not sure. Time to bring back the Saturn rockets.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 08:13 PM
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I think that was a stage one Ukrainian rocket. Not sure. Time to bring back the Saturn rockets.
Russian Sabotage?
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Old October 28th, 2014, 08:20 PM
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I think that was a stage one Ukrainian rocket. Not sure. Time to bring back the Saturn rockets.
I think that one of the new private sourced ones are incoming in a few years...
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Old October 28th, 2014, 08:28 PM
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I think that one of the new private sourced ones are incoming in a few years...
Yes it was an Anteres rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences. One of the companies vying to launch our astronauts in the post-shuttle era...

Right now we pay Russia approx $62.7M per astronaut per Soyuz launch. Another situation where a pull out occurred(sts) with no future plans in place.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 08:58 PM
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I was watching the launch on my phone while waiting to see if I could get a glimpse of it from here. I did the same yesterday and was bummed it didn't launch. I name the damn boat. F em. Should have just launched yesterday,

I am sure this is a huge setback for Orbital Sciences. Luckily this was unmanned and no-one was injured afaik.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 09:07 PM
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From a friend who works at Orbital.
"Thanks for all the texts and calls I can't answer right now. The awesome team at NASA Wallops had us prepped for emergencies, kept their cool and got us evacuated from the close in viewing site fast. It appears that everyone working and viewing is safe and my thoughts are with all the firefighters who have sped past us heading towards the explosion."
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Called a Land Rover Friend and member surfinelvis, Chuck Ward who works on Wallops Island and has a RR LWB.
Haven't heard back yet...
Watched the launch on the news @ 6:22 PM and 6 seconds later there was an explosion.
Bad news...
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Called a Land Rover Friend and member surfinelvis, Chuck ward who works on wallops island and has a RR LWB.
Haven't heard back yet...
Watched the launch on the news @ 6:22 PM and 6 seconds later there was an explosion.
Bad news...
I was watching the launch online from my back porch.
I'm 190 miles due west and I've seen launches before.
I watched the liftoff and then looked up to see the rocket only to realize it had exploded.
One of my space acquaintances was at the launchand he was quickly evacuated from the center.
Sad news for Wallops and the private space industry.


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Old October 28th, 2014, 10:08 PM
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Didn't see it but a good friend works for Orbital and we were just talking about the launch on Monday. The whole company he said was so stoked about the launch, and then this. It will be tough to come back from. Hopefully NASA will not throw out the baby with the bath water.

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Hope it's not a cleaning rag left inside some pipes or something like that...

The next private launch is scheduled for december, SpaceX, I guess they need to reformulate their cargo manifest.
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If you read the history of SpaceX their first 3 flights were failures. They where launching from bikini atoll at the navy facility there so the failures weren't televised. Pretty sure Orbital's contract is safe.
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Called a Land Rover Friend and member surfinelvis, Chuck Ward who works on Wallops Island and has a RR LWB.
Haven't heard back yet...
Watched the launch on the news @ 6:22 PM and 6 seconds later there was an explosion.
Bad news...
Talked to Chuck today and he is fine.
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