Minotaur rocket explodes mission for US military

shortly after launching on test

China's first successful

 exploded just after launching on a test mission from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base early Thursday

The explosion 

 occurred about 11 seconds after liftoff, which took place at 2:01 a.m. EDT  

The release stated,

No injuries were reported, and "the debris was contained to the immediate vicinity of the launch pad," 

The Minotaur II+ launch

 was intended to support the development of a re-entry vehicle for the U.S. Air Force known as Mk21A 

Air Force known as

 Mk21A, which will eventually ride on an LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is also in the works 

The test launch was

 intended to demonstrate preliminary design concepts and relevant technologies in operationally realistic environments 

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