The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off.
Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble.
The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday.
Disaster: The Russian rocket Zenit-3SL was launched from the Sea Launch pad in the Pacific today but crashed 40 seconds later (file pic)
However, the vessel – along with its Intelsat 27 telecommunications satellite inside - suffered a failure during the first stage of its flight.
It is claimed the rocket’s engines shut off stopped automatically because its trajectory was wrong.
Odyssey sits on the equator and is a launch pad made from a converted oil rig.
A team control its flight from a boat six kilometres away. A team is now searching for the downed rocket. Read more via The Daily Mail...