Fri, Aug 22, 2008
Both Parties Investigate, Warn Public About Debris
An Alliant Tech Systems suborbital
carrying two NASA hypersonic experiments
exploded shortly after liftoff early Friday morning from NASA's
Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. No injuries or property damage
were immediately reported.
Most debris from the rocket is thought to have fallen in the
Atlantic Ocean. However, there are conflicting reports of debris
being sighted on land. This debris could be hazardous.
People who think they may have encountered rocket debris are
warned not to touch it, and to report it to the Wallops Emergency
Operations Center at 757-824-1300.
NASA says the agency is "very disappointed" in this failure, but
for the moment is focusing on public safety and conducting a
comprehensive investigation to identify the cause of the explosion.
"NASA is assembling a multidiscipline team, along with the rocket's
maker Alliant Tech Systems, or ATK, of Salt Lake City, to begin the
investigation promptly," the agency added.
The exact launch time was 0510 EDT. The anomaly that caused the
failure occurred approximately 27 seconds into flight and is not
The ALV X-1 rocket was carrying NASA's HYBOLT, an agency
experiment to test temperature and pressure during hypersonic
flight, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. Also onboard
the SOAREX, an aerodynamic study model.
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