The Super Strypi rocket blew up just a minute into its first flight for the U.S. military.
The experimental 67-foot Super Strypi rocket blew to pieces Tuesday just a minute after it had launched for the first time from Hawaii’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.
You can watch video of the explosion below, which depicts the maiden flight of the new rocket, intended to launch smaller payloads to space like satellites in a much cheaper fashion than today’s methods, according to a Huffington Post report.
The life off looked clean, but less than a minute into the flight, the rocket suddenly spun out of control. The Air Force later confirmed in a statement that the ORS-4 mission was a failure after a mid-flight problem. The launch happened at around 5:45 p.m. local time.
The report indicates that officials aren’t saying what might have been the cause, and that the incident was still under investigation.
The launch resulted in the destruction of 13 satellites that were aboard.
A total of $45 million was spent on the ORS-4 mission. It was established in 2007 by the Pentagon. The flight had been scheduled all the way back in October 2013 but was repeatedly delayed due to problems with the technology, as well as timing.
It resulted in the loss of HiakaSat, a satellite that had a hyperspectral imaging camera that was going to be used to test Earth observation technologies, which would have a range of applications for both the military and scientific community.
Super Strypi was developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne, the University of Hawaii, and Sandia National Laboratories.