Reply to post: Kaboom required

NASA is Boeing to get to the bottom of that Starliner snafu... plus SpaceX preps to blow up a Falcon 9

Chris 239

Kaboom required

The IFA Test does not seem totally realistic to me.

"programmed to shut down its engines" AFAIK most RUD events for rockets taking off are not normally preceded by a shutdown of the engines - don't they normally start with a "kaboom"? Even the CRS-7 event where there was an obvious issue before the kaboom (which was a self destruct I think) it looked like the engines were on all the way to the self destruct.

Surely for a realistic test the booster should be made to malfunction in a spectacular fashion to trigger the IFA.

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