Re: Telstar 401/Delta Explosion

Andrew Reynolds (
Fri, 17 Jan 1997 22:18:30 -0600 (CST)

On 17 Jan 1997, Bill Bard wrote:
(bit of snipping)
> Also, a Delta 2 at the Cape blew up 10 sec after launch carrying a GPS
> satellite. It looks like nobody hurt and the launch pads didn't get major damage. My guess is one of the solids blew.
Saw the tape that the network had. Looked like it could have been in one
of the strap-ons, but then again, a main tank explosion would be difficult
to tell from that without a better picture. New Deltas use a fiber-wound
case for their solids if I remember rightly. Wonder if this might be
a factor?