Firefly Alpha – An explosion during its first launch
Details of the Alpha space rocket –
- Take off from Space Launch Complex 2 here at 9:59 p.m. Eastern.
- A first launch attempt at 9 p.m. Eastern was canceled in the final seconds of the countdown. This is for unspecified technical reasons
- However, launch controllers reset the countdown for a second launch try.
Just about 2.5 minutes after take-off, the space rocket began to tumble and then burst. “Alpha felt an anomaly through the first phase ascent. The result was in the loss of the automobile,” Firefly tweets.
“While it’s too soon to make decisions as to the root source, we will be careful in our investigation. This is in partnership with the FAA and Vandenberg Space Force Base,” the firm mentions in a subsequent statement.
“While we did not meet all our mission goals, we did accomplish a number of them:
- Successful first stage ignition
- Take – off the pad
- Progression to supersonic speed
- A substantial amount of flight data
In a distinct statement, Space Launch Delta 30 at Vandenberg says it ended the launch. Both the firm and the Space force say there were no injuries.
Although there are eyewitness explanations of debris from the space rocket falling in the town of –
- North of Vandenberg only
The Alpha was holding about 92 kilograms of payloads on what it called the Dedicated Research and Educational Accelerator Mission (DREAM). That consist of –
- Several CubeSats
- Technology demonstrations of a plasma thruster and drag deorbit sail
- “Non-technical” payloads like photos and collectibles
“If we were hovering due south, we would have a very tough corridor we would have to go down though,” says Tom Markusic. Tom is the chief executive of Firefly. “Here, we have a very extensive hallway. This is so that, if the vehicle’s not tracing quite right, it offers us an occasion to get back on the path without having to end the mission.”
“It is a flight test, so having statistics is a success,” he says. “The more information we get, the better.”