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Comment: Re:Sort-of-worked. (Score 1) 44

by Bruce Perens (#49633129) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Abort Test Successful

What I am getting from the videos is that this test was a success but that there was indeed an engine failure and the system recovered from it successfully by throttling off the opposing engine. There was less Delta-V than expected, max altitude was lower than expected, downrange was lower than expected, and that tumble after trunk jettison and during drogue deploy looked like it would have been uncomfortable for crew.

This is the second time that SpaceX has had an engine failure and recovered from it. They get points for not killing the theoretical crew either time. There will be work to do. It's to be expected, this is rocket science.

It sounds to me like the launch engineers were rattled by the short downrange and the launch director had to rein them in.

Comment: Re:That dog does not hunt. (Score 1) 163

by Zontar The Mindless (#49628329) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

My 7 years of Spanish classes called. They said you shouldn't trust Googlle Translate without verification from an authoritative source.

That's the same Google Translate that, when you enter a sentence using Chinese characters, often provides Mandarin pronunciations for some of them and Cantonese pronunciations for others, BTW.

Comment: Re:What, do you want the Euro? (Score 1) 8

Thanks for that. Fortunately, our differences were settled years ago, and she's never tried to keep me from communicating with or seeing our daughter. They and my wife met for the first time on this trip we've just returned from, and everyone got along great, much to my relief.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"

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