Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No Unit Tests For Rocket Scientists...

Bummer. The rocket scientists at SpaceX beefed up the the power and runtime of the their first stage booster before Flight Test 3, but then forgot to add a comensurate delay to the timing of the Stage 1 seperation. The result? The first stage separated clean, but then still had enough juice to come back at the rocket and bump it wildly off course. I would have thought they'd be modeling their systems and simulating launches, but it looks like maybe not so. A remarkable video of the unfortunate flight can be seen here. Flight Test 4 will be at the end of the month and I bet they make orbit.

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