“We had a bad day”. This pretty much sums up our launch day at LRE 2017.
First LD’s CHIRON 3 rocket overpressurized in a spectacular way, taking out the upper 2/3rd of the launch rail. A makeshift launch rail was made and the GIGA was launched from the remaining 2,5m lower section. The GIGA rocket suffered the same faith and failed in the exact same manner as the CHIRON. After 8-10m the rocket overpressurized sending up rocket confetti all over the place.
We will investigate what happened and a launch report with some media will follow shortly.