Uh-Oh: Satellite Launch Ends in Tremendous Explosion

Let's start your day off with a bang: This is what happens when an unmanned launch vehicle with nearly a million pounds of fuel on board explodes. As the 209-foot Zenit-3SL rocket slumped to its Sea Launch platform, an enormous conflagration consumed its payload, a 96-transponder communications satellite belonging to SES New Skies.

Oh, well. Back to the old drawing board. Looks like something that might have happened in the late '50s.

Satellite-Strapped Rocket Explodes on Platform [Popular Mechanics]


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