ORS-4 mission on an experimental Super Strypi launch vehicle fails in mid-flight shortly after liftoff
A 67-foot military-funded rocket blasted off a rail launcher at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai at 5:45 pm on November 3 in Hawaii’s first satellite launch. It failed soon after takeoff.
In a live feed, the Super Strypi rocket, known as mission ORS-4, was displayed spiraling upward from a camera on the vehicle, however, soon an animation accompanying the launch showed the rocket falling prior to when the screen went black only two minutes later.
The launch was broadcasted live by Spaceflight Now. It reported that the Air Force has confirmed the failure. In a statement, the Air Force said, “ORS-4 mission on an experimental Super Strypi launch vehicle failed in mid-flight shortly after liftoff at 5:45 pm Hawaii Standard Time on November 3 from Pacific Missile Range Facility off Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. Additional information will be released as it becomes available”.
Spaceflight Now said that the Operationally Responsive Space office of Air Force has spent over $45 million on the development of the Super Strypi mission. A partner in the launch, the University of Hawaii (UH), said it was looking in to the matter to find out the cause of rocket’s failure.
Super Strypi was as an economical method for the delivery of payloads of 300 kilograms, or 661 pounds, to low-Earth orbit. It was created in coordination with Sandia National Laboratories, the Pacific Missile Range Facility, UH’s Space Flight Laboratory, and Aerojet Rocketdyne.
There were UH’s HiakaSat satellite and 12 quite smaller satellites known as ‘CubeSats’ aboard the three-stage flight. Aerojet Rocketdyne, which supplied the three-stage solid-rocket motors, said that the maiden flight has represented the biggest propulsion system ever launched from a rail system.
The payload development and project management of the rail launcher and launch pad was the responsibility of UH. The primary HiakaSat payload was built by UH’s faculty and students.
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