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Test rocket destroyed by NASA after launch

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.
by Staff Writers
Virginia Beach, Va. (UPI) Aug 22, 2008
U.S. space officials said a suborbital rocket was destroyed by safety officials shortly after liftoff Friday morning from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

The rocket was destroyed by launch controllers because it failed to follow its planned path. No injuries or property damage were reported, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a release.

The Alliant Techsystems rocket was carrying two NASA hypersonic experiments. The Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition experiment was designed to gather data on air flow conditions and heating on vehicles flying at hypersonic speeds. The Sub-Orbital Aerodynamic Re-entry Experiment was designed to evaluate a possible shape for a space capsule that could travel to Mars and gather data on atmospheric conditions encountered by the reentering probes, NASA said.

Alliant Techsystems, also known as ATK, of Salt Lake City, is conducting the investigation of the rocket malfunction. NASA said it will consult with ATK and support the investigation.

The Norfolk (Va.) Virginian-Pilot said NASA lost $19 million of experiments and effort when the rocket was destroyed.

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NASA to use shock-absorbers to fix shaking in new Ares rocket
Washington (AFP) Aug 20, 2008
NASA say they will use shock-absorbers similar to those used in cars to fix a problem with heavy vibrations in the new Ares rocket, to give stronauts inside the Orion crew capsule a smoother ride.

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