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

  • Added:  2 years ago
  • 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: 284

  • Fuh Que
    Fuh Que 22 hours ago

    Well that sucks, no one died. Columbia and challenger were better and those explosions weren't even as big and spectacular.

  • aluisious
    aluisious 8 days ago

    "Plastic bags." No one thinks of giving SCBAs to the guys in proximity to the huge amount of fuel that likes to explode periodically. People are stupid.

  • Joseph Bin Derek Helel Dismore Saqar

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  • KMurdock1974
    KMurdock1974 14 days ago

    I don't understand, if it's over why does he have to say "at our customers request" we'll now conclude??

  • faffaflunkie
    faffaflunkie 15 days ago

    Did insurance pay for the truck? Or did they just *shake their heads* and deny the claim.

  • mojokiss
    mojokiss 19 days ago

    Sorry, we don't cover rockets, but we do cover zombies

  • kevin smith
    kevin smith 22 days ago

    one solid rocket failure means self destruct? So the rocket could not achieve orbit without one booster? I could understand if more than half failed but just one?

  • pobinr
    pobinr 23 days ago

    Buildings were too close

  • Irawan Salma
    Irawan Salma 25 days ago

    gila. kembang api di bentuk menyerupai roket. salut am orang luar

  • Ivan B Comdeth
    Ivan B Comdeth 26 days ago

    "Sorry, third party involvement.. Get NASA to pay for your truck" is what could of happened

  • Andy Ripp
    Andy Ripp 27 days ago

    That shit blow up like the Death Star

  • airdriver
    airdriver 1 month ago

    If I were this guys, I would have saved the truck. It would be a show piece for the story of a life time.

  • Cougar-Den
    Cougar-Den 1 month ago

    And I thought I had a rough day at work!

  • ken cohagen
    ken cohagen 1 month ago

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

  • Jimmy Green
    Jimmy Green 1 month ago

    that was cool

  • Legend Cox
    Legend Cox 1 month 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 1 month ago

    Cool story! Glad no one was hurt. Thanks!

  • RNG Stalinium
    RNG Stalinium 1 month 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 1 month ago


  • Chris Gresham
    Chris Gresham 1 month 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 1 month ago

    where can I buy these fireworks

  • Stevie Ray C
    Stevie Ray C 1 month ago

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

  • McCartney Wyse
    McCartney Wyse 1 month ago

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

  • Tobey Tobey
    Tobey Tobey 1 month ago

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

  • Kevin Olesik
    Kevin Olesik 1 month ago

    Hydrazine fireworks

  • thomasanderson rittberg

    is espectacular see a explosión

  • greenseaships
    greenseaships 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Geographer 4 fun
    Geographer 4 fun 2 months ago

    It should of been lunched on July 4 , 1997

  • Thunder Nugget
    Thunder Nugget 2 months ago

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

  • John Sikes
    John Sikes 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Jason Harrison
    Jason Harrison 2 months ago

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

  • Aaron Cameron
    Aaron Cameron 2 months ago

    Why were they so close to the launch?

  • Chihaya Tachibana
    Chihaya Tachibana 2 months ago

    wait... rockets have onboard self destruct system?

  • Fritz Kaske
    Fritz Kaske 2 months ago

    So ein Feuerball, chunge!

  • corisco tupi
    corisco tupi 2 months ago

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

  • hossguitar
    hossguitar 2 months ago

    Great guy, great story!

  • manofweed1
    manofweed1 2 months ago

    Did driver survive ?

  • numerobis
    numerobis 2 months ago

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

  • Sprsae
    Sprsae 2 months ago

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

  • Rick Shaw
    Rick Shaw 2 months 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!

  • Elixe
    Elixe 2 months ago

    This is so saf

  • Charles Lan caster
    Charles Lan caster 3 months ago

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

  • kenpalmer1965
    kenpalmer1965 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

    Awesome vid!

  • Rafael Santana
    Rafael Santana 3 months ago

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

  • Człowiek Kot
    Człowiek Kot 3 months ago

    very expensive fireworks.

  • tm502010
    tm502010 3 months ago

    Great story!

  • Saleem Javaid
    Saleem Javaid 3 months ago

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

  • Nhan Ngo
    Nhan Ngo 3 months ago

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

  • brittan goree
    brittan goree 3 months ago

    why would there be any self destruct mechanism

  • Mark Gohl
    Mark Gohl 4 months ago

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

  • A Student Pilot Life
    A Student Pilot Life 4 months ago

    Firework? XD

  • Trololololol
    Trololololol 4 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 4 months ago

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

    • SloppyM03
      SloppyM03 4 months ago

      You're calling rocket scientists dumb?

  • Albert Lebel
    Albert Lebel 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • Concorde4711
    Concorde4711 4 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 4 months ago


  • Cat Man
    Cat Man 5 months ago

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

  • fd11fd33fd99
    fd11fd33fd99 5 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 5 months ago

      I was using Juno and AOL free disks lol.

  • Maximum Overdrive
    Maximum Overdrive 6 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 6 months ago

    Great story.

  • BigDH28
    BigDH28 6 months ago

    Thank god your ok Brian!

  • segun tunde
    segun tunde 6 months ago

    Solid fuel

  • christian robertson
    christian robertson 7 months ago

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

    • H8_RICE
      H8_RICE 2 months ago

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

  • bow hunter
    bow hunter 7 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 7 months ago

    Just like the usa economy...crash and burn

  • Rare Form
    Rare Form 7 months ago

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

    • Les Brown
      Les Brown 7 months ago

      No, about the same thing.

  • Emanuel Gochez
    Emanuel Gochez 7 months ago

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

  • QNFee
    QNFee 7 months ago

    why the bushes are still green at 3:33 ?

  • rccrashburn
    rccrashburn 7 months ago

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

    • Logan Humphries
      Logan Humphries 2 months ago

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

  • MohammadX101
    MohammadX101 8 months ago

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

  • 911gp
    911gp 8 months ago

    Launch at 0:57

  • Richard Highwind
    Richard Highwind 8 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 8 months ago

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

  • himynamesfather
    himynamesfather 9 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 9 months ago

    Better than fireworks...

  • SameBasicRiff
    SameBasicRiff 9 months ago

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

  • Alpha Adhito
    Alpha Adhito 9 months ago

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

  • Swedishmeatball1976
    Swedishmeatball1976 9 months ago

    worthless engineers, get a another job

  • Tedmeister
    Tedmeister 9 months ago

    Brought to you by the Kerbal Space Program!

  • Peter Zachos
    Peter Zachos 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

    Вот это фейерверк! Грандиозный!

  • ⵔⵓⴽⴰⵜⴽⴰⵜ

    Just a rapid unexpected disassembly.

    • Cob Win
      Cob Win 6 months ago

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

  • TwelveNation
    TwelveNation 9 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 9 months ago

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

  • Erika Young
    Erika Young 9 months ago

    1 of the best IV ever seen

  • Inimbrium
    Inimbrium 9 months ago

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

  • Ølf Braakman
    Ølf Braakman 9 months ago

    boi, that's some expensive firework

  • S Dunn
    S Dunn 9 months ago

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

  • Dan Trigona
    Dan Trigona 9 months ago

    "GO BABY GO! GO BAB..."

    An earth shattering KA-BOOM!

    "Aw, shit!"


    "HAUL ASS!!!"

  • Martin Borman
    Martin Borman 9 months ago

    Ahe, but did they pay out?

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