Despite Major Explosion on Launch Rocket Company Claims Success
The rocket company Galaxy Bound attempted a second launch of its largest rocket, the Armstrong Super Duper Heavy, on Sunday. The first attempt six months ago resulted in a record-setting short launch of five inches before the rocket engines switched off, and the rocket slipped back into its original launch position. Unfortunately, the “launch” damaged most of the rocket's internal components, and the entire rocket had to be scrapped. The company insisted that the launch was a successful demonstration of the rocket's launch capabilities and the safe return of the rocket booster stage, one of the key features of the Armstrong Super Duper Heavy. The second launch resulted in the rocket achieving an altitude of 150 miles and upper stage separation before a larger explosion occurred resulting in loss of the entire rocket. Galaxy Bound reported that the vehicle suffered a rapid unscheduled disassembly and that it was analyzing the flight data. In a live webcast after the launch CEO Max Alton reviewed the flight video and telemetry data of the launch, talking about the various minor successes along the flight including the rocket's success in exceeding the previous “short” launch altitude. Just before the explosion in the video, the webcast ended. In a later promotional video for the Armstrong Super Duper Heavy, there is no mention of the explosion, just video showing the rocket during its launch shown for various angles, including onboard video. Both the FAA and NASA have launched investigations in the launch and explosion. Shareholders of Galaxy Bound stock seemed pleased and the share price has risen more than 21% since the second launch.