Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Saturday, August 02, 2008

  Failed separation

It was a seemingly perfect launch, that went bad suddenly at MECO.

After the webcast cut out due to the anomaly, 23+ people gathered in the #spacex channel on irc.freenode.org to grieve.

Within minutes, more information flowed in from alternate sources.

One person got on his cell to friends at Marshall Space center, and got the altitude of the anomaly. 45km. Another tuned us all into Tosca Musk's twitter feed. A complete flight video was posted, speculation commenced over at Nasa spaceflight and on arocket.

I'm glad to not have to go through pain like this alone, not like I did years ago.

And as always, I am impressed and encouraged by Elon Musk's determination to succeed. Still a little piece of me, and a lot of other people, floats as ashes over the pacific tonight.

The wake on irc was a good thing - Spider Robinson was right - pain shared is lessened.

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