Failed suborbital test of ICBM Atlas Missile 11A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
United States USA Date:1958, February 20 Duration:3 min 50 sec Sound:NO SOUND
The ICBM suborbital test launch of Atlas missile 11A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,Florida, United States. After ignition, the missile sits awhile with rocket engine burning, on launch pad LC-12, before it begins its ascent. Camera tracks it during climb until only the fire from its burning rocket engine is still visible. At TC: 02:17 the rocket emits a large plume of fiery smoke that trails it. The camera continues to track the rocket which begins to exhibit an unsteady track, as it falls. At TC:03:41, the rocket explodes and vanishes from view. The failure was attributed to a short in the vernier feedback transducer which resulted in loss of control, followed by engine shutdown due to a propellant leak. The missile broke up 126 seconds after launch.
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