So the Falcon 9 had a successful launch, and got the payload destined for the International Space Station (The first commercial resupply!) perfectly into orbit, end of story. Only it isn’t for some reason. Everyone seems intent on fixating on a problem… for what reason, I can’t understand.
It’s obvious Craig, an engine failed and a fairing came off in mid flight.
Well sure those things happened, but it didn’t affect the launch. The fact that we aren’t talking about how the rocket is at the bottom of the ocean should be evidence enough that it wasn’t a problem.
But Craig, this shouldn’t happen! EVER!!
Why not? They had redundant systems that should, and did, take over. If anything this should be an example why it’s OKto have failures. We have backups for a reason.
But the space shuttle didn’t fail. This is another example of why we should never have given up on it.
Sure the Space Shuttle failed. Twice. They were catastrophic. People died. If people had been aboard the Falcon 9 on Monday it’s doubtful they would have even known there was an anomaly. That’s the difference between these new commercial rockets and a near ancient government run engineering nightmare. When Falcon 9 has a hiccup, the mission goes on. When the Space shuttle had a hiccup, people died.
The secondary payload didn’t make it into it’s proper orbit so why do you keep calling it a success?
Because the ISS payload was destined for a higher orbit, that’s why. Before it can make a higher orbit it had to pass through a trajectory that would lead to a lower orbit. Since Falcon 9 made the higher orbit we know it would have made a lower one. Thus the issue isn’t with the rocket but with the secondary payload which more than likely had a separation motor error.
In any case, there are lots of options for telecommunication satellites to get into orbit, but very VERY few options to get ISS cargo. If given the choice I would pick the ISS cargo over your satellite TV provider.
But the video was cool to watch at least right?
Yes, yes it was. We can agree to that.
(Skip to 1:29 to see the panel come off)