Unmanned rocket explodes after launch

Antares rocket explosion
Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-28 18:12:48-04

Near PUNGOTEAGUE, Va. (WTXL) -- An unmanned spacecraft scheduled to deliver cargo to the International Space Station exploded about six seconds after liftoff from a NASA facility in Virginia Tuesday evening.

Images from the NASA TV streaming video show the rocket, an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares craft, clearing the launchpad then shortly becoming engulfed in flames, retreating to the ground where another explosion occurred during impact.

According to ABC News, the rocket was carrying about 5,000 pounds of cargo.

The flight originated from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Space Flight Facility in eastern Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Associated Press has further details on the developing situation.