That was a successful test
Maybe a little bit too ‘kerbal’
It didn’t blow up the pad, all is good
Love their acronym, RUD (Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly)
I think this was technically a success, but Elon did not look too happy
Holy moly that was cool.
And yes, pretty successful, the moment they cleared the pad they reached most of the flight’s goals.
Man, they need a proper flame diverter. There is too much damage on the pad.
That was intensely incredible
To the uninitiated, self included, that beast flew like a giant bottle rocket!
looks like it was based on the vikhr
They should have went with one of these.
- Rapid Anomalous Disassembly
- Rapid Aberrant Disassembly
- Rapid Atypical Disassembly
For me the first one works the best but the other two meet the acronym conditions.
I think you are right… Holy ****!
With that amount of material ejected with such force (there were splashes of debris out in the ocean), I think it is probable that the booster getting blasted was a major contributor to the cascade of failures. Multiple engines failing/blowing up and both hydraulic power units blowing up on ascent, leading to a loss of trust vector control.
It seems that SpaceX actually was extremely lucky that the flight did not end with a pad explosion. The resilience of the booster to progressive failure was actually quite impressive.
So kerbal. I love it. I’ll admit it, I’m a spaceX fan.
There’s a reason the pads at the Cape and Vandenberg are all concrete and get FOD walkdowns before launch.
“We’re going to need a bigger pad.”
I wonder if it was bits of the concrete pad being blown about that caused some of the engines either to not work or be damaged
I love hearing the SpaceX employees cheer when their rocket blows up. I used to think that the Howard Hughes of our generation was mad for his method of space flight development. But one grows used to rockets that meet a violent end. The events become almost gleefully anticipated, knowing that progress is being made.
The mc said, “We’re flying at twice the thrust of the Saturn V that put man into space.”
I reckon that is highly likely. In fact with all that debris… and there were some huge chunks getting thrown out, I’m surprised it made it off the pad at all?