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Monday, December 19, 2005

  Has the falcon launched yet?

it's 11:20 AM - has the falcon launched yet? Elon Musk says:

Update: Structural fault - launch delayed til next year.

I can't help but think that the corrosive atmosphere of the tropics has had something to do with this. This is a place where brand new PC powersupplies disintigrate after 6 months of use. But I won't speculate further - simply not enough information. Just disappointment.
 
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Looks like it was a valving problem rather than a design or corosion problem.

The valving got messed up when they emptied the tank causing a vacuum condition that oil-canned the tank.

Oh, let me say again, how miserable the blogger user management stuff is, I had to recover my #&$^@)@ username/password again. their commenting interface is the most poorly designed system that's had the shame of being on the internet. It's possible thats why blogspot bloggers don't get any comments, if it's this difficult nobody will leave a comment except to complain about how blogspot's UI guys should be drawn and quartered.
 
Hrm. their last aborted launch was because somebody left the LOX valve open. And this one is grounded because someone left the tank drain valve open. Hope they hire some better valve turners at spacex.
 
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