Kougar wrote:In SpaceX news, unfortunately the central core booster took a plunge into the sea. Apparently their remote robot that ties down boosters can't secure modified Falcon heavy core boosters and the drone ship got stuck in bad weather. Parts are salvageable but the booster won't be flying again.
Redocbew wrote:Yeah it's not surprising really that they had to resort to shipping hard drives around instead of transferring the data electronically. Not only is the sheer amount a problem, but then you'd have to run checksums on all of it to make sure there hadn't been any transmission errors. With that much data, the TCP checksums alone almost certainly wouldn't have been enough.
Usacomp2k3 wrote:They’ve been abnormally coy about what has or hasn’t survived. Very uncharacteristic of them IMHO.
Usacomp2k3 wrote:Well it looks like the Capsule that was supposed to fly the In Flight Abort mission blew up during testing today. Oops.
Kougar wrote:Apparently Apollo and Soyuz both used/use solid-fuel rockets.
Combined, the loss of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory and Glory satellites cost the space agency $700 million.
Over time, some information has come out. Shortly after the launches, it was clear the payload fairing had failed to separate from the two rockets. And in 2015, the company that supplied aluminum extrusions for the four-stage, solid-rocket Taurus XL booster, Sapa Profiles Inc. (SPI), admitted that it had falsified quality control test results for its products.
Usacomp2k3 wrote:They do have an engine design good enough that the folks in the ULA military industrial complex decided to use it instead of buying engines from Russia.It is really hard to take Blue Origin seriously when they have basically nothing to show (beyond their hopper) for 10’s of billions invested in R&D.
Usacomp2k3 wrote:I am very curious to see how long until they start accepting applications for beta testing. My in-laws would be great candidates.
MileageMayVary wrote:Usacomp2k3 wrote:I am very curious to see how long until they start accepting applications for beta testing. My in-laws would be great candidates.
Launching the ashes of your In-Laws or your still very much alive In-Laws?