A faulty control system was blamed by the United States Navy for the failure of their second attempt to shoot a Vanguard rocket into space and rocket another American satellite into the outer atmosphere.
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Background: A faulty control system was blamed by the United States Navy for the failure of their second attempt to shoot a Vanguard rocket into space and rocket another American satellite into the outer atmosphere.
Thousands of watchers at the Cape Canaveral firing base on February 5 saw the huge rocket acer into space, break in half at about 20,000 feet and then begin to falter.
As the rocket buckled, the Navy claimed that "it was destroyed for safety reasons and fell into the Atlantic".
Afterwards a Navy spokesman said, "A failure in the control system caused the engine to deflect too far to the right and the resultant abnormally high pressure caused the rocket to break in half".
This was the second time that the Vanguard's first stage has failed dashing the Navy's hopes of launching a six-inch satellite into space. The first Vanguard, which was fired on December 6th, rose only a few feet from the launching pad before crashing in a pillar of flame.
The second Vanguard was in the air for 59 seconds before it started to break up.