The first Alpha rocket of the Firefly Aerospace exploded mid-air after the successful launch.
The rocket was launched on the company's first-ever orbital test flight on 2 September. It was launched from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Immediately after the first 2.5 minutes of the flight, it suffered a severe problem resulting in an explosion in a fireball high in the California sky.
The representatives of the company said "Alpha experienced an anomaly during first-stage ascent that resulted in the loss of the vehicle".
They said that all the safety measures were taken before the countdown. The base staff, and the general public were cleared for the safety purpose.
Officials said that the rocket was terminated over the Pacific Ocean after the incident and stated that there were no injuries associated with the anomaly. A special team is formed for investigation. They will determine the cause of the failure.
The Alpha carried around 92 kg payload on the flight, which Firefly called DREAM (short for "Dedicated Research and Education Accelerator Mission"). The mission was to carry this gear to an orbit 300 km above Earth. The mission's aimed was to inspire people of different groups around the globe to dream big and reach for the stars.