"Spectacular explosion during Delta 2 rocket launch", Cape Canaveral. January 17, 1997

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  • FROM KSC VISITOR CENTER COMPLEX INFO. 07/02/15: "A Blast from Above": The failure and following explosion of a Delta II rocket shortly after launching on January 17, 1997 was quite an experience for the space workers in the blockhouse. What they saw once they were cleared to leave the structure was shocking.
    VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_aHEit-SqA
    Delta II Explosion Plume Analysis Report fom NASA: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20000094557.pdf
    WIKIPEDIA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS_IIR-1

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR CENTER ACTIVITIES: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
  • Runtime: 4:39
  • Tags for this video:  Delta 2 rocket  thor delta rocket  rocket explosion  nasa  cape canaveral  cape kennedy  us space program  rocket failure  Delta II (Rocket)  Rocket (Product Category)  Delta (Rocket)  

Comments: 268

  • ken cohagen
    ken cohagen 1 day ago

    What a thing to live through. Mr. Mosdale will be telling his grandkids about this for sure!

  • Jimmy Green
    Jimmy Green 2 days ago

    that was cool

  • Legend Cox
    Legend Cox 7 days ago

    When years worth of work and millions of dollars turn into a giant fireworks show.Reminds me of 90% of my KSP launches

  • johnk1955
    johnk1955 8 days ago

    Cool story! Glad no one was hurt. Thanks!

  • RNG Stalinium
    RNG Stalinium 9 days ago

    It's called spaceship material density overcome by expanding pressure of ignited nitrogen fuel,and cause a chain reaction melt down and decomposes into pieces and accelerate into expandable space. Not explosion guys, US pride is saved !

  • Nicholas Zounis
    Nicholas Zounis 10 days ago


  • Chris Gresham
    Chris Gresham 12 days ago

    I grew up just down the road from KSC in the 60s and early 70s. There were many failures in the early days of launches. Saw several, but mostly higher. That is a BIG destruction close to the ground! Crazy and spectacular altogether. Thankfully no injuries.

  • ThunderPies YT
    ThunderPies YT 16 days ago

    where can I buy these fireworks

  • Stevie Ray C
    Stevie Ray C 18 days ago

    They also served who had to hunker down and hope for the best. Science ain't always easy.

  • McCartney Wyse
    McCartney Wyse 21 day ago

    My dad was in that explosion!! He was in the blockhouse with the person in the video!

  • Tobey Tobey
    Tobey Tobey 21 day ago

    very nice the way you told it! 3 thumbs up!!!  :-)

  • Kevin Olesik
    Kevin Olesik 25 days ago

    Hydrazine fireworks

  • thomasanderson rittberg

    is espectacular see a explosión

  • greenseaships
    greenseaships 29 days ago

    The car insurance company is like "Rocket exploded on your car?? Shyeah, right dude, we'll get right on that." Then after the 10th or 20th call they're like "Um... so what's this about a rocket explosion???"

  • Tracy Clough
    Tracy Clough 29 days ago

    can your truck be bought on ebay?can your insurance company pay you to use this?etc?

  • Geographer 4 fun
    Geographer 4 fun 1 month ago

    It should of been lunched on July 4 , 1997

  • Thunder Nugget
    Thunder Nugget 1 month ago

    Please tell me that truck WASNT covered, because if it was, that's bullshit.

  • John Sikes
    John Sikes 1 month ago

    C'mon.....Telling the insurance agent your truck got hit by a rocket and destroyed had to be almost worth the loss of the truck. What a story. ;-)

  • Charlie From Manchester United Kingdom

    Wateva,he dramatised half the story.

  • smasila
    smasila 1 month ago

    Fake space with fake rockets. Look how slow these rockets that supposed to be going 17,000 mph.

  • Jason Harrison
    Jason Harrison 1 month ago

    "boys, this is bad" and then gets under his console. lol

  • Aaron Cameron
    Aaron Cameron 1 month ago

    Why were they so close to the launch?

  • Chihaya Tachibana
    Chihaya Tachibana 1 month ago

    wait... rockets have onboard self destruct system?

  • Fritz Kaske
    Fritz Kaske 1 month ago

    So ein Feuerball, chunge!

  • corisco tupi
    corisco tupi 1 month ago

    01:58 - Isn't one of the solid motors not lit?

  • hossguitar
    hossguitar 1 month ago

    Great guy, great story!

  • manofweed1
    manofweed1 1 month ago

    Did driver survive ?

  • numerobis
    numerobis 1 month ago

    he seems to be so happy about the event :))

  • Sprsae
    Sprsae 1 month ago

    Thats why you should leave space to russians and elon musk! Not NASA

  • Rick Shaw
    Rick Shaw 1 month ago

    That's a pretty cool story.
    Hard to believe the destruction on the ground...
    That's one messed up truck! You should have told them you also had your very rare Picasso painting in the trunk!

  • Karrin Harlow
    Karrin Harlow 1 month ago

    This is so saf

  • Charles Lan caster
    Charles Lan caster 1 month ago

    to bad it was not night then that would have been nice

  • kenpalmer1965
    kenpalmer1965 2 months ago

    What a spectacular yet unfortunate explosion. When these things happen, it means millions if not billions of dollars lost as well as the time spent on the mission or project. But hopefully no one was injured or killed. I was sorry to see what happened to Brian's truck as a result of the explosion. Well, it just shows how risky space exploration or travel can be.

  • Vishal p
    Vishal p 2 months ago

    See....that is the reason why I insist for Indian Rockets these days. Cheap, Beautiful looking, reliable, fast and nice after sale service.......

  • SassyHershsey SassyHershey

    Elon Musk would have fired you for your attitude towards a controlled event. Stalin would have shot you of course.

  • Patrick
    Patrick 2 months ago

    haha! I just came to see the rocket blow up. Not to see some guy sucks off another dude. CLICK BAIT!...

  • dopamining
    dopamining 2 months ago

    Awesome vid!

  • Rafael Santana
    Rafael Santana 2 months ago

    But what happened to the payload!? It looks like the top of the rocket survived ...

  • Człowiek Kot
    Człowiek Kot 2 months ago

    very expensive fireworks.

  • tm502010
    tm502010 2 months ago

    Great story!

  • Saleem Javaid
    Saleem Javaid 2 months ago

    Thanks NASA. That was the best post-New Year's fireworks ever!

  • Funny Bunny
    Funny Bunny 2 months ago

    It looks like the star wars explosions with all the trailing bits of flame

  • brittan goree
    brittan goree 2 months ago

    why would there be any self destruct mechanism

  • Mark Gohl
    Mark Gohl 2 months ago

    Looks like he got a close up view. At least he came out of it alive :)

  • AnimeMuseScore Music
    AnimeMuseScore Music 3 months ago

    Firework? XD

  • Trololololol
    Trololololol 3 months ago

    I bet fire department guys were really happy when they heard they have to clean up after bunch of dumb fucks hahaha

    • Trololololol
      Trololololol 3 months ago

      Didn't really want to express that way. It was more like what fire fighter would think. No offence intended.

    • SloppyM03
      SloppyM03 3 months ago

      You're calling rocket scientists dumb?

  • Albert Lebel
    Albert Lebel 3 months ago

    Sorry for all the loss. Thank you for sharing your story. It's always better to hear these things right from the front line.

  • Igor Igor
    Igor Igor 3 months ago

    *imagine if his truck was hit by the debris of Satan rocket*

  • Concorde4711
    Concorde4711 3 months ago

    The original comment on TV is quite funny: "Lift-Off of the delta-II" then the explosion happen "We have an abnormally".

  • Shadowkey392
    Shadowkey392 3 months ago


  • Cat Man
    Cat Man 4 months ago

    Expensive fireworks, I guess you couldn't wait for the Fourth of July to set them off.

  • fd11fd33fd99
    fd11fd33fd99 4 months ago

    Wow 1997. Most people didn't even have internet then. I was one of the few that had it. Of course, it was dial up.

    • LordDonutz
      LordDonutz 4 months ago

      I was using Juno and AOL free disks lol.

  • Maximum Overdrive
    Maximum Overdrive 5 months ago

    kinda remember this launch. lotta satilite's blew up that year. this one was very spectacular. local TV ( Orlando ) played it for weeks

  • BigBrotherMateyka
    BigBrotherMateyka 5 months ago

    Great story.

  • BigDH28
    BigDH28 5 months ago

    Thank god your ok Brian!

  • segun tunde
    segun tunde 5 months ago

    Solid fuel

  • christian Robertson
    christian Robertson 6 months ago

    you know what the problem was not enough rockets i should know i play kerbal space program

    • H8_RICE
      H8_RICE 1 month ago

      you aint got enough rockets untill you get the death wobbles! and even then just add more gyros.

  • bow hunter
    bow hunter 6 months ago

    I wonder how many of these were putting nukes in space like the conspiracy/ truthers says happens .16 warheads in a satellite blowing up on launch. spreading the contaminants for miles .

  • Shadow X
    Shadow X 6 months ago

    Just like the usa economy...crash and burn

  • Rare Form
    Rare Form 6 months ago

    Why is there anyone there ? Shuttle and other launches theres nobody ?

    • Les Brown
      Les Brown 6 months ago

      No, about the same thing.

  • Emanuel Gochez
    Emanuel Gochez 6 months ago

    Fireworks of the Millennium.
    They forgot this explosion during the new years eve 2000.

  • QNFee
    QNFee 6 months ago

    why the bushes are still green at 3:33 ?

  • rccrashburn
    rccrashburn 6 months ago

    I thought solid propellant boosters were far more reliable than liquid..

    • Logan Humphries
      Logan Humphries 1 month ago

      more reliable in the sense that they are guaranteed to light, solids are by far much more dangerous tho.

  • MohammadX101
    MohammadX101 7 months ago

    he called the insurance agent while his heart was still ponding and fire still burning

  • 911gp
    911gp 7 months ago

    Launch at 0:57

  • Richard Highwind
    Richard Highwind 7 months ago

    Insurance company called back and said their sorry but the owner of the truck was found to be at fault, thus will be paying out of pocket for damages done to the rocket.

  • huswsimonbla
    huswsimonbla 7 months ago

    Is there a version without the constant talking and with the boom?

  • himynamesfather
    himynamesfather 7 months ago

    Did they agree as to whether or not parachutes and air bags were better idea than an auto self destruct?

  • Lemmy Fuque
    Lemmy Fuque 8 months ago

    Better than fireworks...

  • SameBasicRiff
    SameBasicRiff 8 months ago

    cool explos.... erhem... rapid unscheduled disassembly.

  • Alpha Adhito
    Alpha Adhito 8 months ago

    I feel bad for your truck. But at least it's gone in unusual way

  • Swedishmeatball1976
    Swedishmeatball1976 8 months ago

    worthless engineers, get a another job

  • Tedmeister
    Tedmeister 8 months ago

    Brought to you by the Kerbal Space Program!

  • Peter Zachos
    Peter Zachos 8 months ago

    I'm very glad this guy was here to talk about the experience throughout the video, rather than allow us to experience it with audio from the launch.

  • Earle Wollam
    Earle Wollam 8 months ago

    Good report.  Back a few years ago, when Andy was manning a console, he sat thru a few launch failures. As I remember he did this with the same cool professional demeanor.  From an old [1958/1967] Thor/Delta test conductor.

  • Alexej Demov
    Alexej Demov 8 months ago

    Вот это фейерверк! Грандиозный!

  • ⵔⵓⴽⴰⵜⴽⴰⵜ

    Just a rapid unexpected disassembly.

    • Cob Win
      Cob Win 5 months ago

      rock3tcat (ⵙⴰⵔⵓⵅ) well, the surprise unscheduled disassembly was completed successfully and in record time

  • TwelveNation
    TwelveNation 8 months ago

    My dad worked on this project when i was a kid, i still have a piece of debris from the rocket

  • Daehawk
    Daehawk 8 months ago

    Great story! ...LOL!.."Well boys, this is bad. *DIVE HAWKMEN!*

  • Erika Young
    Erika Young 8 months ago

    1 of the best IV ever seen

  • Inimbrium
    Inimbrium 8 months ago

    <awkward phone call to car insurance co> "So yeah, my car got hit by errr, a rocket." :)

  • Ølf Braakman
    Ølf Braakman 8 months ago

    boi, that's some expensive firework

  • S Dunn
    S Dunn 8 months ago

    Small detail, it was Cx 17 A pad, B-Pad was undergoing Delta III mods...

  • Dan Trigona
    Dan Trigona 8 months ago

    "GO BABY GO! GO BAB..."

    An earth shattering KA-BOOM!

    "Aw, shit!"


    "HAUL ASS!!!"

  • Martin Borman
    Martin Borman 8 months ago

    Ahe, but did they pay out?

  • Dan Tyler
    Dan Tyler 8 months ago

    No matter what, insurance companies DO NOT WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE RESPONSIBILITY!

  • sophrapsune
    sophrapsune 9 months ago

    Very cool...

  • Robert Chappell
    Robert Chappell 9 months ago

    I WANT AWNSERS! Who hired nexter's lab to build the rocket? He always manages to break even the simplest things. Jeb, I want a full preflight diagnostics scan to find out who screwed up the booster settings. Bob, go get jeb his jet. I'm going with him to investigate the (lack of) wreckage.

  • Nicky Nicholas
    Nicky Nicholas 9 months ago

    If this happens often (which it does) then nobody would allow anyone up to the ISS. NAZA lies. Wake up!

    • Nicky Nicholas
      Nicky Nicholas 8 months ago

      +Sol Bridger i stored it in your mothers womb next to your still born brother's foetus.

    • Sol Bridger
      Sol Bridger 8 months ago

      +Nicky Nicholas The average memory card held several hundred kB of data back in 1995. So unless all you wanted to store was an A4 piece of paper full of your dog shit pars, then in which case, you'd be fine.

    • Adam Omasta-Milsom
      Adam Omasta-Milsom 8 months ago

      +Nicky Nicholas your an amazing person, I'm sure you'll go far in life.

      JK, like you're ever gonna achieve anything.

    • Nicky Nicholas
      Nicky Nicholas 8 months ago

      +Adam Omasta-Milsom i only have evidence that your mother has colon cancer. And hasn't wiped her ass for days. Not sure which is worse.

  • Michael Mejia
    Michael Mejia 9 months ago

    That was a cool story!

  • Free Love and Food Stamps

    I'm surprised the insurance company didn't say "sorry, but it looks like you don't have our Rocket/Volcano glass melting protection plan. You're not covered"

    • Igor Igor
      Igor Igor 3 months ago

      that's exactly what they told him after they called back, i'm 99.998% certain

    • VT610pendolino
      VT610pendolino 5 months ago

      I thought exactly the same to myself ^^

  • dXb
    dXb 10 months ago

    NASA always blows up something. Other space agencies are far from having that many failures.
    Before you say something, look it up. I did...

  • kevindt12
    kevindt12 10 months ago

    Looks cool

  • chanctonbury63
    chanctonbury63 10 months ago

    One of the boosterss on this side was not working, but the explosion did not seem to come from there. It came from the booster to the left of it

    • Simboiss
      Simboiss 5 months ago

      They should reserve some of the payload for a non-negligible amount of fireworks. This way, if something goes wrong, at least you get a good show...

    • chanctonbury63
      chanctonbury63 8 months ago

      +Lukáš Horňák Personally Id use a match.

    • Lukáš Horňák
      Lukáš Horňák 8 months ago

      According to wiki, they use Primacord which simply sets all fuel tanks on fire.

    • Jack Keville
      Jack Keville 8 months ago

      +EscapeMCP I'd be lying if I said I had even the slightest idea. But Google probably knows.

    • EscapeMCP
      EscapeMCP 8 months ago

      +Jack Keville Any ideas what they actually use for a self destruct? Do they lob a stick of dynamite in one of the fuel tanks?

  • KennyandSara Dechmerowski

    The insurance story is epic.

  • William Hanson
    William Hanson 10 months ago

    para mi fue un experimento militar que nadie lo comento fue muy para el ángulo de la explosión

  • Barry Maynard
    Barry Maynard 10 months ago

    Awesome stuff! What a job.

    DEUS VULT 10 months ago

    Unsurprisingly his Nokia 3310, which he had left on his cars back seat, survived fully intact.

    • animowany111
      animowany111 8 months ago

      I guess it would work, except Nokias are pretty heavy for their size. Not a good thing when you want to go to space.

    • Gonun
      Gonun 9 months ago

      I really don't understand why NASA isn't building it's rockets and stuff out of nokias. This definitely wouldn't have happend that way.

  • Mike Roberti
    Mike Roberti 10 months ago


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