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Minotaur II+ Rocket Explodes in Seconds After Launching At California Vandenberg Space Force

A space rocket, Thank God no one was hurt in the explosion of a Minotaur II+ rocket that took up on July 7 from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base. About 11 seconds after takeoff, the explosion happened.

Credit: U.S Air Force

The LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is also under development, and the Minotaur II+ launch was meant to help the advancement of a re-entry vehicle for the U.S. Air Force known as Mk21A.

Credit: U.S Air Force

Officials from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center stated that the test launch’s purpose was to demonstrate early design concepts and pertinent technology in operationally realistic settings, according to CBS.

According to the centre, which is in charge of the project, the Sentinel programme is meant to take the place of the “ageing” Minuteman III ICBM.

In order to “support the new Sentinel weapon system,” the description added, it is planned to update launch facilities, missile warning and communication systems, and other infrastructure and technologies.


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