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Delta II Rocket Explodes, 1997

By Patrick follow Patrick   2019 Mar 23, 8:46pm 224 views   0 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

GPS IIR-1 or GPS SVN-42 was the first Block IIR GPS satellite to be launched. It was to have been operated as part of the United States Air Force Global Positioning System. It was launched on January 17, 1997, however it was destroyed 13 seconds into its flight due to a malfunction of the Delta II rocket that was carrying it. It was estimated to have cost US$40 million, with its carrier rocket costing $55 million.

Really beautiful explosion! A work of art if nothing else.
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