NASA Hypersonic Test Rocket Destroyed After Launch

NASA Destroys Rocket Shortly After Launch at Wallops Island
Hampton Roads Virginia Pilot

“An experimental rocket carrying $17 million worth of NASA experiments was destroyed early Friday morning after it veered off course soon after launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.

“Explosive charges on the nose of the rocket were detonated by NASA about 27 seconds after the 5:10 a.m. launch.”

NASA and ATK Investigate Failed Launch Of Hypersonic Experiment
NASA Press Release

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — An Alliant Techsystems suborbital rocket carrying two NASA hypersonic experiments was destroyed by range safety officials shortly after liftoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Friday. No injuries or property damage were 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 advised not to touch it and to report it to the Wallops Emergency Operations Center at 757-824-1300.

NASA is very disappointed in this failure but has directed its focus on protecting public safety and conducting a routine confirmation of the effectiveness of its range safety operations. NASA has a response team in the field. Alliant Techsystems, also known as ATK, of Salt Lake City, is conducting the investigation of the rocket malfunction. NASA will consult with ATK and support the investigation.