August 22, 2008
NASA and ATK Investigate Failed Launch of Hypersonic Experiments
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- An Alliant Tech Systems suborbital rocket carrying two NASA hypersonic experiments was destroyed shortly after liftoff from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Friday. No injuries or property damage were immediately reported.
Most debris from the rocket is thought to have fallen in the Atlantic Ocean. However, there are conflicting reports of debris being sighted on land. This debris could be hazardous. People who think they may have encountered rocket debris are advised not to touch it and to report it to the Wallops Emergency Operations Center at 757-824-1300.NASA is very disappointed in this failure but has directed its focus on protecting public safety and conducting a comprehensive investigation to identify the root cause. NASA is assembling a multidiscipline team, along with the rocket's maker Alliant Tech Systems, or ATK, of Salt Lake City, to begin the investigation promptly.
The exact launch time was 5:10 a.m. EDT. The anomaly that caused the failure occurred approximately 27 seconds into flight and is not known.
For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ Beth Dickey Headquarters, Washington [email protected] 202-358-2087 Keith Koehler Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. [email protected] 757-824-1579 Kathy Barnstorff Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. [email protected] 757-864-9886/757-344-8511 Trina Patterson ATK Space Systems, Salt Lake City [email protected]com 801-699-0943
CONTACT: Beth Dickey, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-2087,[email protected]; Keith Koehler, Wallops Flight Facility, WallopsIsland, Va., +1-757-824-1579, [email protected]; Kathy Barnstorff,Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., +1-757-864-9886 or +1-757-344-8511,[email protected]; or Trina Patterson, ATK Space Systems, Salt LakeCity, +1-801-699-0943, [email protected], all for NASA
Web site: http://www.nasa.gov/