ABL yesterday released the results of its investigation into the January 10th launch failure of its RS1 rocket.
Just over ten seconds after launch the rocket suffered “a complete loss of power,” its engines shut down, and it came crashing back to Earth about 60 feet to the east of the launch pad. The resulting explosion and fire damaged and destroyed significant equipment, including a nearby “fabric hanger.” The report then goes on to describe the cause:
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It appears a fire started inside the rocket, which damaged its systems and caused the power shutdown. The cause of the fire however remains undetermined.
Though the company says the stages for its second rocket are “largely complete and commissioned,” no new launch date is mentioned. These stages will likely require some overhaul before launch, and since that work is presently undetermined, there is no way to predict exactly how long it will take.
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