Exos Aerospace stated that the unsuccessful launch of the reusable suborbital sounding spaceship previous month was due to a structural failure of spaceship few minutes after the liftoff.
Exos said in Texas-based company statement released on November 14 that its Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with Guidance (SARGE) disappeared 48 seconds after its launch in October 26, from a Spaceport America located in New Mexico.
The company confirmed that they are still in the video evaluating process and telemetry data; but it looks like a structural failure happened in an abort and deploying of the recovery systems at high speed that are beyond its designing capability.
The liftoff was SARGE’s fourth flight, a reusable sounding spaceship built to carry payloads, instead of people to space. The vehicle suffered mechanical problems on the last two flights, and on its last flight had an attitude control loss shortly after its launch.
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