Unmanned Space Rocket ‘Firefly’ Explodes in Mid-Flight Off California Coast

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(FOX NEWS) – Another company involved in the commercial race to space suffered a setback this week.

A privately designed, unmanned rocket built to carry satellites was destroyed in an explosive fireball after suffering an “anomaly” off the California coast.

It was the first attempt by Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket at reaching Earth’s orbit.

The rocket was “terminated” over the Pacific Ocean shortly after its 6:59 p.m. Thursday liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, according to a base statement.

A team of investigators will try to determine what caused the failure.

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