Sunday, June 28, 2015

SpaceX Rocket Just Exploded in Mid-Air

via Gizmodo.
Once again, SpaceX has audaciously attempted to land a rocket in the middle of the ocean, and once again, something went horribly wrong. Unlike the first two tries earlier this year, this one didn’t make it to the ground, not even close.
Rather, the rocket exploded quite spectacularly in mid-air, 2 minutes and 19 seconds after liftoff. Following 18 successful missions, this is the first Falcon 9 to have failed on its ascent.
We're reminded that space exploration/rocketry ain't easy.

This is the achilles heel of private enterprise and space.  Most companies won't take the risk or be able to absorb the financial burden of failed missions.

We'll see how this turns out but profitizing space flight is going to be difficult.

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