Space miner loses first satellite in rocket explosion

October 29, 2014 3:02 PM

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Space miner loses first satellite in rocket explosion

Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids, lost its first test satellite aboard a commercial rocket that exploded only six seconds after take-off Tuesday.

The unmanned rocket, contracted to Orbital Sciences Corp. by NASA, was carrying supplies to the International Space Station. Among the cargo was Planetary Resources’ Arkyd A3, a test vehicle that was to orbit Earth.

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