Alpha Firefly Aerospace made its first flight Thursday evening and flew off the California coast into the Pacific Ocean. But just after reaching supersonic speeds, the spinner began to spin and ended for remote safety.
Began Thursday's flight, referred to posthumously as a test flight, just north of Los Angeles at Vandenberg Space Force Base at 6:59 p.m. in the afternoon local time, the rocket had some active satellites but was intended for testing only. It did without any problems.
The images show that after about two minutes into the Alpha flight, the missile begins to slowly move downward. Then he flips over, which puts a lot of pressure on his body. You can remove some debris when the fire starts to surround the rocket boosters.
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After another sharp spin, the rocket explodes exponentially.
Delta The Space Force's 30th space launch confirmed that the explosion was the intended result of the flight termination system that was activated at 7:01 p.m. The explosion eliminated the danger of the Alpha crashing into a densely populated area.
Some debris can be seen escaping from the explosion, but it has been reported to have fallen into the ocean. There were no reports of injuries. The Air Force blew up a Firefly missile on its maiden flight.
Firefly praised the flight in a press release: 'I don't think everyone would agree that getting up and taking two minutes is known as success, but I'm glad Firefly met their needs. p>
They say their engineers are bypassing the bundled remote work flight to join the Wendenberg Space Station and FAA teams to solve the problem. p> < p> Until the cause is established, the Alpha model was unfortunately built - although I doubt Firefly has spare parts anyway. p>
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