Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

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Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby jcoady » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:43 pm


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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby jcoady » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:00 pm

Here is a youtube video of launch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYsVqayNSZE

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby mvanwink5 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:36 am

Yes, so sorry for Antares and support. Rockets are amazing when they work, the power delivered by the rocket motors is like riding a controlled bomb, so when there is a failure, well... it is a horrible but dazzling spectacle.
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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby Betruger » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:26 am

What a disappointment.. Was anxious to see how the Arkyd prototypes went.

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby AcesHigh » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:46 am

well... that's what happens when you use rocket engines built in the 60s and stored for 40 years in Siberia.

no wonder Elon Musk was already mocking Orbital Science's approach in his Wired Mag interview back in 2012... saying it was like a punchline of a joke.

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby GIThruster » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:39 pm

IIRC, Orbital Sciences originally planned to use decommissioned ICBM's for launch but that wouldn't work so they went to this. I think they've been stumbling about for a long time now and I'll be surprised if they recover from this. It is very late in the game for this kind of mishap.

Looked like the rocket motor failed to me. So what do you say to the Russians about a $50 Million "ooops!"?
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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby mvanwink5 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:56 pm

I thought it was standard to have launch insurance. If you can't afford to fail, hedge.
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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby mvanwink5 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:24 pm

I am waiting for the barge landing. :D
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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby GIThruster » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:37 pm

"Courage is not just a virtue, but the form of every virtue at the testing point." C. S. Lewis

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby krenshala » Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:21 pm

I haven't seen anything concrete, but I read that there was a change to one of the stages that made it heavier, which may have contributed to the failure. I haven't seen more about that, however, so I'm not sure how accurate that is.

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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby DeltaV » Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:29 pm

Da! Is good to have American geniuses willink to use Russian NK-33 engines for supply launchink to ISS.

Is also good to have American geniuses usink Russian RD-180 engines for launchink of expensive spy satellites.


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Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes on launch

Postby GIThruster » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:24 pm

That's an interesting question--what outcome here might affect ULA's purchase of old Russian engines and the deal that SpaceX has challenged in court?
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