Investigation Into Rocket Explosion Released
News story originally written on January 18, 1999
The Air Force released its investigation into the explosion of a Titan 4
rocket that occured last August. The explosion destroyed the rocket and
the spy satellite that it was launching into orbit.
The investigators found that a faulty wire harness caused the explosion.
The harness is supposed to supply power to the guidance system but it
short-circuited. The guidance system lost power and began to nose
downward. This movement triggered the rocket's automatic destruct
Officials stopped all the planned launches with the Titan rockets after
the accident. They aren't sure when they will begin using the rockets
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