Frank Culbertson
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US rocket explosion: Company pledges to find root cause

An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

Antares, a 14-storey rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp, combusted seconds after leaving the seaside launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility.

No-one was hurt and the cause is being investigated.

Frank Culbertson, Orbital Sciences vice-president, promised a rocket would fly again from the same site.

  • 29 Oct 2014
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