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Nov 06 2014

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Turbopump failure on AJ-26 rocket caused Orbital Sciences launch failure

That’s what the data’s revealing so far.

Interestingly, some video caught a ghost image that is helping investigators see exactly what happened at failure (source of .gif file: NASAspaceflight.com):

Amazingly, the launch pad suffered only minor damage:

“After up close visual inspections by the safety team, it still appears the launch site itself avoided major damage. There is some evidence of damage to piping that runs between the fuel and commodity storage vessels and the launch mount, but no evidence of significant damage to either the storage vessels or launch mount.”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.newspaceraces.com/2014/11/06/turbopump-failure-on-aj-26-rocket-caused-orbital-sciences-launch-failure/

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