* Posts by Bubba Von Braun

114 posts • joined 17 May 2012


Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

Bubba Von Braun

Re: Comparison

You miss a key point..

While the president can run on a series of "promises" so do the elected officials from that other branch of government... The Congress (House of Reps/Senate)

After enduring crown rule, the founding fathers wanted to make certain that no one arm was all powerful ruling over the people. Of the three arms of Government, (Congress, Executive Branch and the Judiciary) The executive branch is probably the weakest.

In this case POTUS still needs to obtain the support from the Congress, and vice/versa for policies spending etc. One could argue that POTUS is the weaker here, as the Congress can override a Veto by the President with a super-majority.

A presidential election is not a blank check..

Here endth the civics lesson..


Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

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Re: spacecraft design

Yes, its one the the arguments NASA is using the slow down crewed Dragon, can the fault detection system work fast enough. There was some doubt it would on Apollo, though it never got tested fortunately.

This is the second time for the Soyuz, certainly worked well a pretty wild ride.


First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Also like early 787, these early production A380's are a little over weight, with fixes and patches to correct issues post production. The wing cracks comes to mind as one of these early fixes.

Long haul congested hub to hub were always its best value argument, market just moved against them. No hub congestion when you avoid it altogether.

Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car aims to wake up Newquay: Rocket work restart in August

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Re: mono-propellant...

Nope your right you may wear your pedant badge with pride..

HTP provides one of two parts of the system. This is a hybrid.. using HTP for the oxidizer and synthetic rubber for a fuel in a classic hybrid design. Describing this as a "mono-propellant" is not correct.

To quote for @amis reference.. "When used with a suitable catalyst, HTP can be used as a mono-propellant, or with a separate fuel as a bi-propellant." in this case the team are referencing its using a rubber fuel element.. and hence is not a mono-propellant but a bi-propellant hybrid.

With good reason, the thrust generated in the HTP steam engine will be substantially less that that generated in a hybrid.

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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ET and Space Invaders.. in 4K.. that's going to be a real winner.kiddies.. Or is that 4K per pixel :-)

What do they say about a fool and their money.. in this case its a nostalgic fool and their money are parted even faster.

FTTP NBN gone from draft Australian Labor Party policy platform

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" will update this story if we receive a meaningful reply. "

So that is a never then. While I am one of the lucky few with FTTP, its sad to see the opportunity of a truly connected country go down the partisan toilet.

When will these clowns of all political persuasions start governing and stop acting like a bunch of kids in a school yard.

If you guessed China’s heavy lifter failed due to a liquid hydrogen turbo engine fault, well done!

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The fuel turbo pump lost a blade (“local structure anomaly”) that then dropped the fuel flow into the engine (“momentary decline”) causing an oxygen rich engine environment followed by rapid disassembly of the vehicle (“the loss of launch mission")

There was no recovery from the decline as the engine was now a firework.. And who said you needed black powder to do fireworks...

Reg writer wins quite prestigious journalism prism

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Well done indeed

Mark, well done and I am sure you can look forward to more glassware in the future.. great articles.

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Re: Finders Keepers

No you cant sell it, it still is owned by the Chinese govt. However, under international treaties (and we know how much China loves treaties). The country that launches an object into space, and the country it is launched from are responsible for any damages caused so you can sue China for any damage it causes.

So that fine chunking pumpkin or award winning roses that gets smashed to bits you can try and collect.

Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

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Anything But FitBit

You can put me into the Anything But Fitbit (ABF) camp.

They seriously want me to consider a lesser product, with a trivial discount, what comes next they cancel that product too. Like some other companies they are not getting that folks are expecting to retain some tech such as Tablets and wearables like watches folks hang on to especially when they just work.

If Fitbit had half a brain, (and looking at the financials they don't) why not breath life into the pebble products you acquired, or is this a case of not invented here? Though given those financials, I suspect they will go the way others, but not seen as purveyors of good solutions but sharks acquiring and dismembering great idea's

While I don't look forward to my Pebble's looming Alzheimer's, I will reflect that it has served me well and give it a suitable cremation under a big rocket motor.

IBM’s complete Meltdown fix won’t land until mid-February

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Re: Patents

They will need to as the Power architecture chips are in use in military and space hardware. Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, Dawn are all running rad hardened Power architecture chips.

But I guess most hackers don't have a 200ft dish laying around their back yard to upload code to it :-)

Lots of 805/x and 80386/486 up there but Power has become a weapon of choice for big probes it seems. There is also the 1750a used allot of flight control systems 16bit RISC from a 1980's time.

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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Stealth mode

Given the high level of stealth on this flight. Hmm how to score this one.. I think a new column is required LTS = Lost in Space. or maybe it never happened, yes sir that was just Elon's late New Years firework..


RIP John Young: NASA's longest-serving 'naut explores final frontier

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I wouldnt be surprised

I am sure Elon will slip a corned beef on rye sandwich into the roadster, after-all the Dragon had its block of cheese.

John Young was one of the best, God speed and thank you for your brave endeavors you inspired many.

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Roadster will not RTLS

Even if it achieves an solar obit, the intervening years, I am sure will give the roadsters paint job a good blasting of solar radiation, along with a few CME's over the intervening years the electronics will be fried as hmm Lithium batteries in a +250f/-250f lets hope it gets a good barbecue roll running before too long.

Now are the cars lithium batteries vacuum certified?? hmmm


Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

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Great Advice

Good common sense advice, after all its code of a form, and should be subject to reasonable change controls.

The same goes for SysAdmins who Google/Technet/Spiceworks etc solutions. I always have my admins verify a solution before they try and implement it. How many times have we had a user or a Help Desk guy grab a solution from a Google search try it and make a situation a whole lot worse.

Key thing is peer review/support. Its a whole lot easier to get a colleague to cross-check what your planning to do, rather than tie up the entire department cleaning up the mess created by that "quick fix" you found.

How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Re: Here's a thought

Ah but the convenience, to allow an engineer diagnose faults in all of the aircraft no pesky cables just walk up connect and go.

Better yet lets manage it in the cloud.. download the flight computer databases, no longer do I have to send an engineer around to download it from a 3.5" floppy disk (Airbus A320 style :-)) nah push them out to the entire fleet with the push of a button.

Sadly there are few (read: NO) Pilots in Airline management these days, all bean counters looking to squeeze the extra buck out of everything. They are wedded to the security through obscurity mantra and we all know how flawed that approach is. Its cheap and they can get their obscene bonuses at the end of the year.

As always common sense becomes road kill in the rush to profits/convenience.

The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

Bubba Von Braun

Re: WTF?

Tin of Kola Bears more precisely phascolarctos gravitarius otherwise known as a Drop Bear.

Be careful when you open the can


Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: Double vacuum

Apollo capsules were once in space pressurized to 5psi pure oxygen. For the on-pad and initial climb to orbit it was a two gas oxygen nitrogen then was bled down from 14psi at sea level, to 5 psi pure O2

Suits were 4.7psi slightly higher in O2 concentration than at MSL. Standard 02 pressure is 3.0psi, plus ~1psi for CO2 and Water vapor each.

It looks like a launch and entry suit not a whole lot of micro meteoroid protection, would be interesting to see how they solved the sweat sublimation problem.


Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

Same way they tested them in the beginning, lots of ground testing, taxi testing and then flight test. 747 had a wicked problem with the initial P&W JT9D-3's as the engine case deformed and caused blades to touch the case, never good thing. Fix was a revised engine mount.

Most twins especially the 767/777 have great single engine performance. Given your doing flight test in a lightly loaded aircraft I would expect a few more air-frames kicking around.


Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: Chinese control

If one looks at the history of the region, Chinese interest has been in securing the border with a buffer. In some respects this is no different to the Soviet approach to eastern Europe.

While the North started the fight, and took it up to the then deployed forces pushing them south to the Pusan peninsula, a counter-offensive cut-off the North forces in the south and headed to the Yalu River. At this point China felt directly threatened and given Gen. MacArthur behavior at the time requesting nuclear weapons, may have had some cause to be concerned.

The Chinese crossed at Yalu en-mass and then this turned into a war of attrition, the Chinese objective met, the land buffer from the west forces established its the status quo they sought.

Prediction is if the glorious-leader/nut job does indeed target the US or US interests, expect China to invade and take control rapidly, replacing the regime with a more friendly puppet, just as they have in Tibet. The last thing China wants/will allow is reunification as it wants the buffer, having western forces on a land border is unacceptable to China.

US wont nuke the North, the fallout would impact key allies, and ultimately the US itself.


SpaceX halts Intelsat 35e launch twice in a row

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"it seems the flight computer has become self-aware"

Launch Directors Network Log;

Elon to Falcon9> Now light that F***ing fire

Falcon9 to Elon> I am sorry Elon, I cant do that..


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Re: BBRs are go!

Or the insurance premium goes back to the same as the figure out the re-use levels for the rocket. After-all you don't pay more/less travel insurance because your on a new aircraft.

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That would be 3 x Falcon 9's or otherwise known as a F9H.. Cant wait to see that fly next year.

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Re: Better safe than sorry

Yes the fireworks are mandatory and will be coming out of the rear end of the rocket where they should be. Now if your looking for sparkles maybe less so. But the first/second stages will go boom on re-entry as they have noted no RTLS happening this time.

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Thats what the body scanners are there to detect/prevent. Also devices surgically concealed as well.

Bubba Von Braun

Re: Thought process?

"I just don't get the thought process here?"

Thats because there isnt one here! Its a knee-jerk reaction to a threat to replace one for another far larger threat.

Lets see 300 devices all with Li-ion batteries that have been subject to whatever handling or abuse ahead of flight all packed in to a couple of baggage containers thats a nice little disaster in the making, just look at South African Airlines flight 295 and that was a fire in a 747 Combi that the crew could access the cargo area.

More likely its trying to cover up the blatant bias against Emirates, Etihad etc that the US carriers have been bitching about for years over their unfair subsides. More an excuse for a protectionist trade barrier if you ask me, expand it globaly so you can avoid any WTO actions.

Software woes keep NASA's new crewed missions grounded

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Re: SLS is bad idea anyway.

It gets back to Cost/Pound to orbit. Why does Elon think Heavy is a good idea its about lofting the weight fewer flights. As much as the fantasy of on-orbit assembly is its not as easy as it looks and has the added weights of interfaces.

There is an important place for heavy lift, think Mars or Moon re-supply will all be about moving enough supplies out of the gravity well cheaply enough.

Now if SpaceX can land all three boosters of a Falcon Heavy and reuse them ten times, the cost is going to plunge.

SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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No Spaceport at Hawthorne

Ahhh last time I visited there was no Spaceport built at SpaceX's plant at Hawthorne there is an airport next door, perfect for Elon's private jet, but I don't think the folks next door would take kindly to a Falcon 9 roaring off into the LAX approach paths :-)

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Re: SpaceX Development

This is a thought bubble, military tried this repeatedly during the cold war trying to recover film and camera capsules with very mixed results in some programs a less than 10% chance of recovery.

And a rocket engine weighs allot more than a camera or film pack.

Sounds like desperate/wishful thinking of BO and ULA's part. If they are that desperate maybe a move to solid clusters for their first stage, parachute them into the sea like SRB's ATK could restart that program and there are lots of old SRB segments rusting around the Provo manufacturing site.

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Re: Wait, we CAN'T overcharge you any more? UNFAIR!

Brett Tobey, vice president of engineering at ULA (well now very EX-VP) admitted during a presentation to students that ULA was walking away from some bids as SpaceX is cheaper.. allot cheaper. ULA lowest cost with a subsidy is $125Mil SpaceX $60mil with the subsidy the ULA price goes up to around $200Mil.

And there are others working on LEO with allot more progress than RocketLaunch lets see if the engineering matches the marketing :-)

Telstra wants civil litigants to pay up front for access to metadata

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Re: Civil Litigation?

Lets see..

- Employers seeking to sue an employee who leaks to news media

- Employers suing whistle-blowers

- Defamation litigation

- Injury Insurance claims

- Traffic infringements (sms while driving comes to mind)

- Stalking/AVO

Divorce is now no fault, so no need to go to the expense of proving infidelity

What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Re: First ? Erm ...

Err simple a Shuttle SRB is a steel tube, dropped into the ocean by parachute.

They hose it out replace the nozzle and refill the segments. Solid motors are simple and brutal, once started you don't stop them let alone restart and to land them.

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Re: Don't call it "re-used"

Just call it "Certified" part of its certification is a full flight test :-)

RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

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Re: Flying by Joystick

@aberglas this guy broke two major rules;

1. With the co-pilot out of the seat his principle responsibility is to fly the plane. Obviously he was stuffing around taking pictures otherwise his seat would not have had to be moved forward.

2. He lied about what caused the incident.

First rule is anytime your singled up on the flight deck you are strapped in, and seat forward before the other pilot leaves his seat. Pilot arrogance kills just as many people as design/system flaws.

The side stick there is no feedback nor do you need it, yes it is sensitive, I know some pilots converting from BAE146's and its heavy controls had a devil of a time as they over-corrected resulting in lots of PIO, but its the pilot at issue not focusing on his job to fly the plane.

Tactile feedback wont save you if your not scanning your instruments, and the lack of training to handle non normal situations. Some maybe one in a billion but not to practice courts disaster, sadly as more accountants run airlines than flyers the training gets reduced and the risk increases.

To the audible warning, its a double tone and the master warning light (red one) flashes briefly and unless your holding a rave on the flight deck your going to hear it.

Fireball in Tasmania: Possible CubeSat re-entry sparks alien panic

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Its an aircraft contrail

I have seen this type of contrail before over the Nevada desert early dawn, late evening, with the right atmospheric conditions you don't get condensation, but the exhaust trail reflects the sun's light in the vapor from the jet exhaust.

A cube sat would not create a fireball that large or prolonged.

A similar effect can be seen in Yosemite Horsetail Falls..

No rocket science to be seen here.. move along

LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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Re: Price looks sane to me

Price for a reused Falcon 9 FT is about 30% cheaper than the new one currently, so around $44M. But given each stage may only get one o two reuses still some way to go on the reuse side.

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Not just Bragging and publicity

Think about it for a second, a way to get some funding to cover some of the costs of the development flights. Given the Falcon Heavy has a smallish customer base, well NRO will want to loft some more "ugge" birds soon, this will up the number of flights in the manifest.

Dont forget Crewed Dragon builds upon Dragon they will hit their target for it to go un-crewed to ISS, NASA/FAA will control the certification so we all know govt.. they might miss it.

SpaceX is already on the record as saying they are focusing resources on the Falcon Heavy, so I agree a late 2019 tourist flight is possible after Crew Dragon starts its ISS runs in mid 2018.

And there is already two MCC rooms at ..... <static>... :-)

SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Its never easy

The hard part is now reuse, Falcon 9 and Dragon, reuse will be down to how much life they build into the components now. In the past its a shorter life so you engineer it accordingly given your dropping it in the Atlantic.. now its get it back, refurbish and reuse so you can design for a longer service life.

A similar evolution occurred with Jet engines, I will be watching closely the Dragon reuse alter this year, and the re-flight of a Falcon 9 stage, should be interesting to see.

NORKS fires missile that India reckons it could shoot down in flight

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All automated, but..

Yes its all automated along with the target carrying a helpful radar transponder, just so you know exactly where it is.

I am sure the "Dear Leader" has plans right now to install high accuracy GPS fed transponders, to announce to the world the current position of his missiles. (come to think of it not so crazy if he really wants to scare the world)

Other aspects like was it a tail chase or a head on interception come to mind. :-)

Reminds me of some of the reporting the US BMDA used to publish after their tests, "selling the performance"

Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Re: "tuna in a can"

Yes Boeing did develop an SST (Boeing 2707) however like all things American/Texan it had to be bigger and better than Concorde/Concordski.

With 277 passengers and a range of 4200 miles, it was also why the 747 was principally designed as a freighter and hence the location of the cockpit above the main deck as Boeing was concerned the 747 wouldn't sell. The 2707 died due to rising oil prices, noise etc.

With the 747 in its role of freighter the carry capacity vs. fuel burn becomes an equation the twins cant match for now. I miss them on the passenger service over the Pacific and the 787 sardine cans don't work, trading some extra comfort for 10 across seating..

Just as Concorde was one of a kind, as will be the 747 they both change flight.

This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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Re: I have a theory

No the truth finally comes out.. Its the REAL Donald.. these are the true overlords roaming the White-house one knee-jerk decision at a time. :-)

NASA honors Apollo 1 crew 50 years after deadly launchpad fire

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Re: Important nitpick...

If you look beyond the "ignition" most anything will burn in 100% oxygen atmosphere even metals.

There were so many faults in the Block 1 spacecraft, and it goes to the point that bad managers over-rule techs. And Joe Shea had pointed out the way too much velcro ahead of the test, so bad was the Block 1 that the Block 2 redesign was almost a completely new capsule right down to changes in the guidance computer design, everything got touched/reviewed.

The dangers were well known of a 100% oxygen atmosphere, but hubris said we did it for Mercury, we did it for Gemini its simpler and lighter.. were the arguments, much like the cold affecting Challenger or the debris hitting Columbia, we have done it before it will be fine, right up to the point it isnt.

Block 2 spacecraft used nitrogen/oxygen during launch and migrated to 100% oxygen on ascent, with a reduction of pressure from 14psi down to 5psi.

The Apollo 1 test was running at 16PSI as a leak check!! Not only was it 100% oxygen it was pressurized above ambient pressure!!

Bubba Von Braun

Tough and Competent..

Its one tough week in history.. Lets hope the lessons are learned, spaceflight has an ultimate response to arrogance and hubris. All three incidents have their root causes embedded squarely in this.

And to the folks watching what comes next, know that risks are necessary and while we should do everything to minimize them, sometimes the ultimate price gets paid.

The next generation coming through are smart and tough, but I am not so certain they grasp the accountable yet.

I keep the following quote on my office wall;

Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it.

We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work.

Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, "Dammit, stop!"

We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did.

From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: "Tough and Competent." Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for.

Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills.

Time will tell.

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Re: Back to MD5, et. al.

Ah the encryption war days.. 40bit unless you were a bank and you could get 56bit and back then UK companies did good trade in encryption alternatives not hamstrung by US law.

They don't just want to be able to break the encryption its about doing it as easily as possible. There is a reason the NSA has some of the largest computer complexes in the USA.

Security is also not just around crypto strength but key management, how many folks use the same password for multiple sites.

Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites

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Re: Well researched sir

I agree with you on SpaceX has been in the glare of the media for ages Blue Origin has been the exact reverse, you get more open info from the Russians compared to Beezos

Funny how we demand perfection in all things, seems in days of old we understood things can and do go wrong its part of the learning process.

If an Saturn V had failed we would have redoubled our efforts, today the program would have been cancelled as too risky.

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Re: Flight failures

Your right and I went back over the data it certainly contains the Delta/Thor flights, though I cannot confirm the Convair/AF data so on what is publicly available (short of spending weeks at the national archive) that's as good as it will get.

My point without the nit-picking is SpaceX is tracking the industry norm on failure rates, though as previously posted, it is unusual to have a ground handling failure of this type resulting in loss of vehicle.

Bubba Von Braun

Re: "Sadly it was a failure"

weather-postponed launches don't result in loss of vehicle and payload. If it makes you happy you can subtract it from the SpaceX count. Reality is, based on time/experience they are slightly below the curve, about overall 10-15% of flights will result in failure.

Bubba Von Braun

Re: Not a flight failure

Sadly it was a failure whatever column you wish to place it in.. and rare as ground handling issues are usually sorted by this stage.

Probably the nearest I can recall was an early Atlas hot fire test, engine failure resulted in destruction of the Atlas along with major damage to the launch pad..

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Re: Flight failures

Check your source.. :-)

1 1 Falcon-9 v1.0 04.06.2010 CC SLC-40 Dragon Qualification Unit

2 2 Falcon-9 v1.0 08.12.2010 CC SLC-40 Dragon C1 / SMDC-ONE 1 / QbX 1 / QbX 2 / Mayflower-Caerus / Perseus 000 / Perseus 001 /

Perseus 002 / Perseus 003

3 3 Falcon-9 v1.0 22.05.2012 CC SLC-40 Dragon C2 / Celestis 11

4 1 Grasshopper 22.09.2012 * MG (R&D)

5 4 Falcon-9 v1.0 08.10.2012 p CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-1 / Orbcomm FM101

6 2 Grasshopper 01.11.2012 * MG (R&D)

7 3 Grasshopper 17.12.2012 * MG (R&D)

8 5 Falcon-9 v1.0 01.03.2013 CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-2

9 4 Grasshopper 07.03.2013 * MG (R&D)

10 5 Grasshopper 19.04.2013 * MG (R&D)

11 6 Grasshopper 14.06.2013 * MG (R&D)

12 7 Grasshopper 13.08.2013 * MG (R&D)

13 1 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 29.09.2013 Va SLC-4E CASSIOPE 1 / CUSat / DANDE / POPACS 1 / POPACS 2 / POPACS 3

14 8 Grasshopper 07.10.2013 * MG (R&D)

15 2 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 03.12.2013 CC SLC-40 SES 8

16 3 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 06.01.2014 CC SLC-40 Thaicom 6

17 1 Falcon-9R-Dev-1 17.04.2014 * MG (R&D)

18 1 Falcon-9 v1.1 18.04.2014 n CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-3 / OPALS⇑ / HDEV⇑ / ALL-STAR/THEIA / KickSat 1 / SporeSat 1 / TSAT / PhoneSat 2.5 /

104 Sprites

18 2 Falcon-9R-Dev-1 01.05.2014 * MG (R&D)

19 3 Falcon-9R-Dev-1 17.06.2014 * MG (R&D)

20 2 Falcon-9 v1.1 14.07.2014 n CC SLC-40 Orbcomm FM103 / FM104 / FM106 / FM107 / FM109 / FM111 / Orbcomm-OG2 Mass Simulator

21 4 Falcon-9R-Dev-1 01.08.2014 * MG (R&D)

22 4 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 05.08.2014 CC SLC-40 AsiaSat 8

23 5 Falcon-9R-Dev-1 22.08.2014 *F MG (R&D)

24 5 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 07.09.2014 CC SLC-40 AsiaSat 6

25 6 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 21.09.2014 CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-4 / RapidScat⇑ / SpinSat↑

26 3 Falcon-9 v1.1 10.01.2015 r CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-5 / CATS⇑ / Flock-1d' 1↑ / Flock-1d' 2↑ / AESP-14↑

27 4 Falcon-9 v1.1 11.02.2015 n CC SLC-40 DSCOVR

28 7 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 02.03.2015 CC SLC-40 ABS 3A / Eutelsat 115 West B

29 5 Falcon-9 v1.1 14.04.2015 r CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-6 / Flock-1e 1, ..., 14↑ / Arkyd 3-Reflight↑ / Centennial 1↑

30 8 Falcon-9 v1.1(ex) 27.04.2015 CC SLC-40 TürkmenÄlem 52E

31 6 Falcon-9 v1.1 28.06.2015 F CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-7 / IDA 1⇑ / Flock-1f 1, ..., 8↑

32 1 Falcon-9 v1.2 22.12.2015 CC SLC-40 Orbcomm FM105 / FM108 / FM110 / FM112 / FM113 / FM114 / FM115 / FM116 / FM117 / FM118 / FM119

33 7 Falcon-9 v1.1 17.01.2016 r Va SLC-4E Jason 3

34 2 Falcon-9 v1.2 04.03.2016 r CC SLC-40 SES 9

35 3 Falcon-9 v1.2 08.04.2016 CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-8 / BEAM⇑

36 4 Falcon-9 v1.2 06.05.2016 CC SLC-40 JCSat 14

37 5 Falcon-9 v1.2 27.05.2016 CC SLC-40 Thaicom 8

38 6 Falcon-9 v1.2 15.06.2016 r CC SLC-40 Eutelsat 117 West B / ABS 2A

39 7 Falcon-9 v1.2 18.07.2016 CC SLC-40 Dragon CRS-9 / IDA 2⇑

40 8 Falcon-9 v1.2 14.08.2016 CC SLC-40 JCSat 16

-- - Falcon-9 v1.2 (01.09.2016) F% CC SLC-40 AMOS 6

41 is the AMOS 6, though not in flight I counted it as a failure.. (hair splitting if you dont, and the FAA etal agrees :-) and Grasshopper belongs in the Falcon 9 family according to folks that touch the hardware :-)

Falcon 1 record is;

1 1 Falcon-1 (dev) 24.03.2006 F Om FalconSat 2

2 2 Falcon-1 (dev) 21.03.2007 F Om Demosat (LCT2 / AFSS)

3 1 Falcon-1 03.08.2008 F Om Trailblazer / PreSat / Nanosail D / Celestis 07

4 2 Falcon-1 29.09.2008 Om Ratsat

5 3 Falcon-1 14.07.2009 Om RazakSat 1

Bubba Von Braun

The flight failures of the three main USA orbital launcher lineages;

Atlas - 650 flights, 98 Failures (Includes Atlas-5 - 68/1 Partial success)

Delta - 756 flights, 68 Failures (Includes Delta-4 - 34/1 Partial success)

Falcon - 41 flights, 3 Failures

Antares - 6 Flights, 1 Failure

Does not include development flights/failures as Atlas/Thor/Delta/Taurus failures are not available, so I excluded the Falcon 1 stats for balance. Partial fail is counted as success in all


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