Space freighter launch failure

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NHK have just shown some dramatic footage of the launch of tonights space freighter which was going to the ISS going horribly wrong a few seconds after liftoff.

Basically the rocket blew up about 100 feet off the ground.

video / news when it gets onto the main news sites
 

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Blimey :eek: 22W showing live coverage of cam 12
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Boom! This fireworks rivals even some of Russian efforts! And it's not even 5th Nov....
 

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On the replays you can clearly see the blast shockwave racing away from the explosion
 

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Bring the shuttle out of mothballs ..
This is nasty and makes the recent Beikenur failure look tame..
Eeeeekk ..
.....bring me my brown trousers
 

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I do hope they are no causalities on the ground and supplies get to the space station quickly, they must be a back up plan ?
 

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No casualties being reported so far - fortunately when the motors quit it just went straight back down, and theres no-one anywhere close by.

Plenty of scorched paint round the launch pad tho!
 

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For a truly terrifying launch failure check out YouTube for Intelsat 708
 

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The engines are supposedly 40 year old N1 units. The N1s had a terrible launch record......

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Makes you wonder why they bother trying to use russian rockets at all, they are always blowing up... :rolleyes:

Heck, Dick Strawbridge could build rockets out of scrap better than they could....:-rofl2
 

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I am guessing the reason is cost... This N1 rocket was allegedly modified to bring it in line with "modern standards".
 

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Video from the press site - where some of the folks run away & hide in a tent.......


 

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Hilarious!

That Tent must be made of Kevlar if they thought it would be a safe haven.

Either that, or they were rushing to grab some more free booze.
 
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