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Post Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:06 am

So SpaceX Got Kerballed

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/space ... -1.3131082

SpaceX launch today suffered a failure and was destroyed by range control. No official word on what happened.

Unofficially, from the chatter and watching the video, it looks to me like the second stage engine, after fuel pressurization, suffered a valve failure or fuel line failure that started dumping oxidizer; thus the white cloud in the video. The explosion was the range control officer checking the thing would not make orbit then pressing his big red button.

That was... very Kerbal. Fortunately, nothing too critical onboard.
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Post Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:02 pm

Re: So SpaceX Got Kerballed

they should make it less shitty.
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Post Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:08 pm

Re: So SpaceX Got Kerballed

it's funny because i'm trying to force a meme
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Post Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:49 pm

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Mercury Steam wrote:they should make it less shitty.

They're designing new rocket engines. What do you think is gonna happen the first few times?
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Post Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:33 am

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You know why we have the expression "it's not rocket science"?
Because rocket science is fucking hard.
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Post Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:20 am

Re: So SpaceX Got Kerballed

Wait, it was manned!? D:

Erra wrote:That was... very Kerbal. Fortunately, nothing too critical onboard.
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Post Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:58 am

Re: So SpaceX Got Kerballed

Negatívo. Nothing but cargo and a new docking adaptor for the ISS.
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Post Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:42 am

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Mercury Steam wrote:they should make it less shitty.

They're designing new rocket engines. What do you think is gonna happen the first few times?

so you're saying they should make it shittier?
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Post Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:09 am

Re: So SpaceX Got Kerballed

I think he was noting that 'making it less shitty' isn't something that can be done without some, you knlw, testing and flights.
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Commander Error wrote:I think he was noting that 'making it less shitty' isn't something that can be done without some, you knlw, testing and flights.

They're not even trying to make less shitty engines--the whole goal of the Falcon 9 program is to build completely reusable rockets, something that's never been done before. That's why they keep exploding. Nobody's figured out how to make that tech as reliable as more conventional engines, which themselves aren't all that great, and there are way fewer * around these days, so they've had trouble finding people to run their space program.
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Post Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:20 pm

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So, uh, you suggest a new reich?

I see your point.
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Post Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:05 pm

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Post Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:08 pm

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what are your arguments for making the rockets shittier
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Post Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:40 pm

Re: So SpaceX Got Kerballed

Make the rockets less shit, then, merc

Seriously
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Post Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:57 am

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He's slowly but steadily reaching Tiel levels of troll, just ignore him.
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