Vandenberg rocket explodes shortly after launch

July 7, 2022

By KAREN VELIE

Seconds after it was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, a missile rocket exploded on Wednesday evening.

The Minotaur II+ rocket exploded 11 seconds after takeoff, at 11:01 p.m., according to a press release. Debris from the rocket rained down on the launch pad, causing a small fire.

No one was injured in the explosion.

The scheduled test launch was in support of the development of the Air Force’s new Mk21A re-entry vehicle that will be used on the future LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile, according to officials.

An investigative review board has been tasked with determining the cause of the explosion.


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Adam Trask

I guess the Space Force should have consulted Elon Musk on the whole reentry vehicle thing.


paragon

It exploded seconds after liftoff. “Reentry” was not the issue here.