February 01, 2007

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

That's true of rockets too. Of course, the trick is to control exactly where it comes down.

Dick Stafford links to some wicked cool video of a Delta 2 rocket that suffered an... uh, anamoly (their word) just seconds after liftoff. I'd seen the second of the three clips that he links to, and wondered what kind of damage was done to the facilities. Now I know. A chunk of burning debris landed in the parking lot where the folks in the blockhouse were working, incinerating a couple dozen cars and leaving a big crater in the asphalt where it hit. By incinerate, I mean windshields and tire rims were *melted*.

Dick also covers this more recent oopsie (unofficial term) that happened a couple of days ago on the SeaLaunch platform (including more video).

In both of these accidents, nobody was injured. It ain't called "rocket science" for nothing, people!

Posted by Ted at February 1, 2007 07:20 PM | TrackBack
Category: Space Program

What does "CATO" mean?

Posted by: Victor at February 2, 2007 01:16 PM

Various meanings, all some version of "Catastrophe At Take Off".

Basically, the rocket motor fails in some spectacular way.

Posted by: Ted at February 2, 2007 08:34 PM

that's okay marc anthony

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