Ukrainian-American private aerospace firm Firefly Aerospace stated that the Alpha rocket's flight was interrupted in accordance with safety protocols. This was reported by the company's press service, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"The explosion of Firefly Aerospace Alpha rocket was controlled! Its flight was stopped by the Space Launch Delta 30 team of the Vandenberg Space Forces base after a deviation in the flight path was recorded," the statement said.
Despite the explosion, the company believes that the launch of the Alpha rocket can be called successful.
"The Firefly Alpha rocket did not explode unintentionally, its flight was interrupted from the Space Launch Delta 30 Control Center due to anomalies, in accordance with flight safety protocols," the company said.
Firefly Aerospace noted that no company in the world was able to launch a rocket into space successfully from the first attempt.
"The successful flight of almost three minutes showed that Firefly Aerospace is capable of launching rockets and realizing the ultimate mission goal. Additional interest from potential partners and customers is expected, which will also bring new investments to the company," Firefly Aerospace said.
As we reported earlier, Firefly Aerospace launched a space rocket for the first time. However, the rocket exploded in the air 2.5 minutes after launch.
The Alpha space rocket was launched from the US space force's Vandenberg base in California at 4:59 Kyiv time. The launch was originally scheduled for 4:00, but it was postponed for an hour.
The explosion occurred approximately 2.5 minutes after launch.