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SpaceX rocket blows up over Texas
Washington Post, by Christian Davenport

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 8/22/2014 11:20:00 PM

A new test rocket manufactured by Elon Musk’s upstart space company, SpaceX, blew itself up a few hundred feet over the Texas prairie after a malfunction was detected, the company said in a statement Friday evening. At its facility in McGregor, Tex., the company was testing a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle, the successor to its re­usable Grasshopper rocket, which was designed to launch and then land on the same site. “During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” company spokesman John Taylor said in the statement.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/23/2014 2:37:14 AM     (No. 9977344)

First, SpaceX is hardly an "upstart" company.

Second, the headline and the lead sleazily imply that the flight article is, at best, poorly designed, and, at worst, unsafe. Fact is, the test in question uses a very narrow vertical "column" of air space -- with about the footprint of a football field -- and the vehicle is designed and intended to self-destruct, for safety reasons, if it breaches the boundaries of the designated space.

This Davenport character is an ignorant Luddite.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: booneboy, 8/23/2014 1:38:48 PM     (No. 9977891)

I wish them success; the alternative is to continue to purchase Russian Rockets.

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