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originally posted by: stumason
originally posted by: jimmyx
there is an article below on that page that says "elon musk trying to reduce the cost of space launch"....uhmmm....maybe a little more money spent on it might be a good idea at this time.....failures don't exactly jive with cutting more costs...
This is their first failure in almost 20 launches - compared to many other State run programs, that's not bad.
originally posted by: IAMTAT
Good thing we still can bum rides from the Russians.
Whose rockets blow up more often than not.....
originally posted by: DEIKOBOL
Even a privately owned and funded rocket enterprise is still more successful than all of Russia's attempts to do anything besides have the first man floating in space throughout all of history.
As for manned launches, there is no money in it, at the moment at least. So why would they do it? Unlike Government programmes, there is little interest in prestige, only profit.
SpaceX suspects a 2-foot steel strut snapped inside its rocket and led to last month's launch accident. The company's founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, said Monday that these struts had flown many times before without any problem. But two minutes into the June 28 launch, one of the struts in the second stage of the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket likely broke loose.
The strut was holding down a high-pressure helium bottle in the liquid oxygen tank. If the strut snapped as engineers believe, according to Musk, the bottle would have shot to the top of the tank at high speed, dooming the rocket and its Dragon supply ship for the International Space Station.
Another change: Beginning with its next launch, each Falcon rocket will be equipped with software for deploying the Dragon parachutes. The Dragon destroyed last month, along with an estimated $110 million worth of NASA equipment and supplies, would have survived if the parachutes normally used for descent at mission's end could have been activated, Musk said. Musk pointed out that it's the first rocket failure in seven years for his company.
originally posted by: apex
a reply to: wildespace
So, the black object falling off in the disassembly event apparently was the Dragon Capsule. Had that already been stated for sure by SpaceX? Or was that just conjecture on videos?
In launch videos, the gumdrop-shaped Dragon spacecraft can be seen tumbling away from Falcon through the cloud of rapidly venting liquid oxygen. Dragon continued to communicate with ground controllers until it fell behind the horizon, impacting in the Atlantic Ocean. The cargo carft was carrying 1.8 metric tons of ISS supplies, along with a docking adapter in its unpressurized trunk designed to allow future commercial crew vehicles to dock at the station.
Though Dragon was equipped with parachutes meant for the trip home several weeks later, it did not contain the necessary software to make use of that potential lifeline. From now on, Musk said, all Dragons will be equipped with this feature. If the parachute had deployed, SpaceX believes the vehicle would have survived its fall.