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SpaceX Falcon 1 on the launchpad - Courtesy SpaceX
After a successful liftoff the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket fell in to the ocean 40 seconds later

SpaceFlightNow.com is reporting that after 20 seconds of successful flight the Falcon 1 rocket began to change trajectory and splashed in to the Pacific Ocean 20 seconds later.  The report claims:

A new breed of low-cost rockets designed to revolutionize the space launch industry met a disastrous fate during its maiden flight Friday, tumbling out of control and slamming into the Pacific Ocean moments after liftoff.

It is unclear as of yet what caused the failure, however there is some speculation that a thermal insulator that was designed to come off during lift-off failed to seperate from the rocket successfully, possibly contributing to its early demise.  Although no official announcement has been posted on the SpaceX website,  Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX had the following to say about todays flight:

"We had a successful liftoff and Falcon made it well clear of the launch pad, but unfortunately the vehicle was lost later in the first stage burn.  More information will be posted once we have had time to analyze the problem."

The onboard video camera showed the rocket began to roll shortly after takeoff after which the video signal cut out. 



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You're an idiot
By plewis00 on 3/27/2006 9:34:49 AM , Rating: 1
I read most articles on this site and every single time I see one of you arseholes comment about the spelling or grammar it makes me irate. All it shows is you have read the article but are too retarded to actually post something of value, so you lash out at someone else's work (i.e. the article's spelling/grammar). Seriously, who gives a shit... and it's the same people every time. Loser.

Back to the article... I read on that site that the rocket launch is a third the usual cost associated with it. I don't know if that's accurate but given the cost anyway, even if the first one failed, hopefully they'll learn from it and make the next one better which is what is needed. Even 1 out of 2 is still lower cost than before (if I read the page correctly), though there is still the cost of clearing up this one. Well, they can only keep trying. I'm guessing so many of these failures are due to the massive force build-up in a launch, because, relatively speaking, it's not uncommon.


RE: You're an idiot
By marklar on 3/27/2006 1:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I read most articles on this site and every single time I see one of you arseholes comment about the spelling or grammar it makes me irate.


While grammar and spelling are not a big deal on a personal blog or forum, Dailytech is a professional news site. They try to maintain a professional appearance, and grammar/spelling are a part of that appearance. By pointing out flaws, these "arseholes" are helping the editors improve this site, unlike you.


RE: You're an idiot
By plewis00 on 3/27/2006 2:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
Newspapers, official letters, etc. have mistakes on them too. Fact is, it doesn't matter because the article is still readable. If 'letters to the editor' in newspapers were of the sort of comments we get here from people like that (and maybe you) it would be a sad place. So get over it, because there are more important things and I'd much rather see more good articles with a few mistakes than less because more time is spent proof-reading. I'll accept sometimes major errors in statistics can change the understanding of a passage, but the difference between the word 'its' and 'it's' (or some other equal example) is totally irrelevant and doesn't improve anything. I don't help improve this place? Maybe not, but that's your opinion (which I don't value) and frankly what's more likely is you are one of the losers who does spell and grammar check the pages so you can get your fix of winning one over on someone else who does have something to show once in your life.


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