Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Falcon 1 Fails Again

The most recent launch of Falcon 1 failed, most likely due to a communications glitch. As the Associated Press reports in this story at CNN.com, Space Exploration Technologies has yet to launch its low-cost alternative to orbit.

A previous attempt failed moments after lift-off.

Even their technological approach, an oxygen-kerosene formula, seems a little haphazard when compared to the nitrogen and rubber favored by SpaceDev and SpaceShip One builders, Scaled Composites.

But Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, is no dummie. He has the right idea, and though the process may be slow, tedious and highly destructive, in the long run the payoff is great.

So what if it costs a few rockets?

1 comment:

Ed said...

According to Space Liberates US!, it appears that the first stage impacted the engine bell on the second stage during separation. They have a gif showing the stage separation.