The first launch failure for NASA’s commercial space companies happened with an explosion. Seconds after liftoff, Orbital Science’s Antares rocket exploded as it rose from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The explosion appeared to come at the base of the rocket. The entire assembly then fell back to the ground, with a second explosion.
According to NASA TV, there were no injuries reported at the launch site but there appears to be damage to the launch pad.
The first launch failure for NASA’s commercial space companies happened with an explosion. Antares has had five successful launches. The launch was originally scheduled for Oct. 27 but was scrubbed when a boat entered restricted waters off the coast from the launch site.