posted on Mar, 5 2011 @ 07:48 AM
Chemical rockets fail. Its not a highly reliable technology in the same way that an airliner is.
This data is old but its instructive:
Rocket success rates by country.
USSR - 2589 successful, 181 failed, 93.5% success rate
USA - 1152 successful, 164 failed, 87.5% success rate
EU - 117 sucessful, 12 failed, 90.7% success rate
China - 56 successful, 11 failed, 83.6% success rate
Japan - 52 successful, 9 failed, 85.2% success rate
India - 7 successful, 6 failed, 53.8% success rate
With the current technology there is a good chance your satellite will end up in the drink. Countries and companies take the risk as there is no
alternative that delivers the same capability.
If you want to get angry get angry at the mis-direction of NASA by successive administrations over 40 years that means we have less launch ability in
2011 than we had in 1970.