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Antares blows up on liftoff!

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  • Not sure if Julie can impersonate this launch.
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    It's always heartbreaking, all this work destroyed in mere seconds.
  • ShadowDancerShadowDancer When I say, "Why aye, gadgie," in my heart I say, "Och aye, laddie." London, UK
    True, but the child in me loves big explosions! :D
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    You'd think they knew how to build reliable rockets by now. I guess they don't. Burt Rutan has a point in insisting to take off by plane.
  • croxiscroxis I am the walrus
    My understanding from reading headlines is that Antares uses old Soviet engines that have deteriorated a bit in storage
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    edited October 2014
    So much for Virgin Galactic picking the safer way. Looks like a test flight went bad and ended in a crash.
  • ShadowDancerShadowDancer When I say, "Why aye, gadgie," in my heart I say, "Och aye, laddie." London, UK
    Not the kind of explosions I enjoy :(

    I hope the other pilot pulls through
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    edited November 2014
    Apparently the mechanism used for re-entry of the spaceship was triggered for some reason. I never liked that design for some reason to be honest. Their planes all have that retro "Cadillac" look that just doesn't seem right.
  • ShadowDancerShadowDancer When I say, "Why aye, gadgie," in my heart I say, "Och aye, laddie." London, UK
    Sounds like it activated without being told to at the moment, which is the sort of glitch that could happen in any design I suppose.
  • Random ChaosRandom Chaos Actually Carefully-selected Order in disguise
    So it bumped up its drag and killed its areodynamics introducing a desire to rotate while firing its rocket engine. Suspect it started spinning, then the wings snapped off. Then crash.
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