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Reply #1330 on: July 11, 2019, 03:58:37 AM

Ah crap.

The Italian Vega launcher, which so far had a perfect record since it maiden flight in 2012 failed tonight.

After 1st stage separation the 2nd stage either didn't ignite or failed shortly after ignition.

I made a screenshot:

Short video outtake of the moment here: https://twitter.com/AuerSusan/status/1149215528155844608

For context, this is Vega:

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Reply #1331 on: July 11, 2019, 11:18:58 AM

Space remains Hard.

Lots of space news this morning. The above mentioned launch anomaly during the fifteenth Vega mission, the shakeups at NASA, and Rapter #6 is finally in at Boca Chica(!).

Also lots of space news to distract me from getting anything else done this morning...
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Reply #1332 on: July 13, 2019, 01:51:12 PM

Too cool not to share.

Exos Aerospace's SARGE is an attempt at a reusable small sat booster. I knew that they had had a launch attempt June 29th that didn't go well (engine gimbled out of control) , so I didn't bother to watch it. But what I wasn't thinking about was that this is the new world of recoverable boosters, and the return and recovery system worked near flawlessly. It's a parachute yes, but it's not a dumb drift where it may system, but instead an autonomously guided parafoil that is supposed to fly the booster back to a designated recovery area. Very neat if they can get it all to work reliably and cheaply enough to compete with disposables, but in any case they get to have the failed but undamaged booster back to go over and see exactly what went wrong.

The reason to bring it up now is that Exos just released the VR footage from the rocket. You get to watch the scrambled ascent and the much gentler descent in a steerable window (upper left arrows control the view) from the rocket itself.


Exterior view of bad launch and better landing courtesy of Chris Bergin NasaSpaceFlight.


"Had a 'performance challenge' on the gimble."

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Reply #1333 on: July 15, 2019, 04:38:01 PM

In a bit of a run, so without commentary here is the initial report of the SpaceX Dragon 2 static fire anomaly that blew the shit out of it.

I'll spoiler it since it's long.

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