Friday, August 22, 2014

Failure is an Option

Click the arrow to watch footage of the SpaceX F9R launch and failure. Video source: KWTX-TV Channel 10 in Waco, Texas.

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Late Friday August 22 reports began to show up on Twitter of a SpaceX rocket failure at their testing site in McGregor, Texas.

SpaceX later issued this press release:

SpaceX founder Elon Musk sent this tweet:

I'll post any detailed news over the weekend once reliable reports are available.

But I also want to remind everyone that this is why NASA recruited SpaceX in 2006 to partner with the Commercial Crew/Cargo Program Office — to encourage innovation by subsidizing risk.

I'm sure the SpaceX boobirds will be out in force, but let's see them show us an OldSpace company working on a three-engine version of a rocket that can fly itself back to a landing pad so it can be used again.

UPDATE August 23, 2014 — Media reports on the incident:

CBS News “SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight in Texas”

CNN “Experimental SpaceX Rocket Self-Detonates over Texas”

Florida Today “SpaceX Rocket Explodes in Texas”

KWTX Channel 10 Waco, Texas “Rocket Explodes at SpaceX”

KXXV Channel 25 Waco, Texas “Rocket Explodes during SpaceX Testing” “Eventful Friday for SpaceX amid Static Fire and Test Failure”

NBC News “SpaceX Rocket Detonates After 'Anomaly' During Test Flight in Texas” “SpaceX Rocket Prototype Explodes in Test Flight”

Washington Post “SpaceX Rocket Blows Up over Texas”

1 comment:

  1. This shows range safety is not needed anymore. Rockets are sophisticated enough to decide to autoterminate when necessary.