The SHOCKING recording has captured the moment when a rocket test resulted in a small explosion when part of the spacecraft's engine suddenly opened.
The test was the first time that the defense company Northrop Grumman tested its future OmegA rocket and, despite the explosion, the company says it was a success.
The small explosion occurred in the nozzle of the rocket outlet cone, which is the shape of the large cylinder where all the powerful flames leave the vehicle.
What really caused this malfunction is unknown and will now be investigated.
Kent Rominger, former astronaut and vice president of Northrop Grumman and capture leader for OmegA's launch system, said: "In the end, when the engine was shutting down, we observed the output cone and maybe a part of it doing something a little weird that we have to go further in. "
The test is known as a static fire test, which is when a rocket motor is turned on while the ship is held firmly to the ground so it can not move.
The test was conducted at the Northrop Grumman test facility in Utah in the USA. UU Because the company was ready to test all the pieces of the OmegA rocket working together for the first time.
It lasted 122 seconds and sent flames and smoke through the Utah desert.
Everything was going perfectly fine until just before the shot went off and the OmegA motor nozzle seemed to explode.
Rominger noted that anomalies such as the small explosion are the reason why so many tests on rockets are made before they are used correctly.
He added: "We are going to delve into this data and we will see what it tells us."
The rocket is being developed for the US government. UU So you can transport heavy objects to space.
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