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SpaceX Falcon 9 Failure - June 29, 2015, 01:19 PM

Well that was a bit of a surprise. I heard Musk tweeted something about a second stage LOX tank overpressure event (correct me if I'm wrong). It's a little strange because not 16 hours before I was at the Wallops open house standing by the Antares pad and the guide was emphasizing how important gaseous O2 pressure management is in the LOX tanks for that very reason.

By the way, I'm not superstitious but here are the dates of the 3 ISS resupply failures in the past 8 months. Seems like an incredible coincidence.

October 28 - Antares failure
April 28 - Progress failure
June 28 - Falcon 9 failure


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Remember when Musk made all those snarky slick mouth passive remarks about Orbital Sciences using leftover old Russian boosters and motors.

I'm sure they're having a pisser right now. "Hey Elon. Appears your new shiny crap blows up just as good as our old Russian crap ... except ours does it for half the vehicle cost. "



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[foil]It's a conspiracy involving big oil to sabotage him so he doesn't further increase battery technology and make them irrelevant.[/foil]
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Hoping that this doesn't set them back too much. I'm actually going to apply to work at SpaceX if I can once I'm done with my current tour. Would love to be a part of getting closer to the stars. I am really appalled at how little, collectively, we focus on space exploration and colonization. We spend more money on stuff like hair growth formulae and erection pills than we do on reaching out into the universe and discovering what else there is to find.
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Hoping that this doesn't set them back too much. I'm actually going to apply to work at SpaceX if I can once I'm done with my current tour. Would love to be a part of getting closer to the stars. I am really appalled at how little, collectively, we focus on space exploration and colonization. We spend more money on stuff like hair growth formulae and erection pills than we do on reaching out into the universe and discovering what else there is to find.
It's such an attractive field. I would definitely apply if there was a place for my skills in the rocket biz.


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Hoping that this doesn't set them back too much. I'm actually going to apply to work at SpaceX if I can once I'm done with my current tour. Would love to be a part of getting closer to the stars. I am really appalled at how little, collectively, we focus on space exploration and colonization. We spend more money on stuff like hair growth formulae and erection pills than we do on reaching out into the universe and discovering what else there is to find.
Well, to be fair, the average guy with hair on his head and a bottle of viagra on a Saturday night has a much better chance of getting laid than of going to the stars.


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By the way, this year's annual Mars Society Convention is happening at Catholic U in DC on Aug 13-16 for anyone interested. These guys are the real deal, with research habitat stations near the North pole and in Utah. Elon Musk sponsored a telescope at the Utah station so it's sort of on topic here...

One of the most notable events will be a debate between the Mars One group and the MIT team that tore them a new one.

Some NASA scientists will also be speaking on a number of topics, I'm super interested in the Martian surface chemistry talk since that's more in my realm.


18th Annual International Mars Society Convention - The Mars Society


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I still don't understand the fascination with sending a human to Mars.

We already know it's 99.9% dead. Finding dead bacteria, living trace bacteria, ice and some simple cell organisms doesn't seem like a worthwhile return on the billions it would cost to fund this missions and risk of human life.

By the time we can surmount the engineering and logistical challenges to make a Mars mission technically feasible, drones, rovers, and robots will have already advanced to a point where we can accomplish the same with zero risk to human life, less cost, and much longer mission durantions.



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I still don't understand the fascination with sending a human to Mars.

We already know it's 99.9% dead. Finding dead bacteria, living trace bacteria, ice and some simple cell organisms doesn't seem like a worthwhile return on the billions it would cost to fund this missions and risk of human life.

By the time we can surmount the engineering and logistical challenges to make a Mars mission technically feasible, drones, rovers, and robots will have already advanced to a point where we can accomplish the same with zero risk to human life, less cost, and much longer mission durantions.
I don't see it as a mission of discovery. It's an engineering mission. We are working to expand our footprint in the solar system, and eventually the galaxy. There's an entire universe out there to conquer. Let's get to it!
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