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Comment: Re:This really sucks (Score 1) 442

by WindBourne (#48257887) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
Because Beck_Neard looked at only 1 of their lines of launch systems. They have multiple, with antares, being the latest.

However, 3 out of 19 is NOT a good record, esp. since it is not at the start of the line. It indicates that OSC has no decent QA controls. And considering that they produce none of this, that is why.

Comment: Re:This really sucks (Score 1) 442

by WindBourne (#48257701) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
Robert,
OSC's record leaves a LOT to be desired. for the last 5 years:
Here they did 0 of 2 sats.
Here we see 4 out of 5.
Now we see 2 out of 2 for pegasus.
And here is 10 out of 10

So, that means 3 losses out of 19 launches. BUT, what is really missing is that only 1 of these failures was in a new system.
SpaceX has launched 13 over the last 4 years with no losses. And in 1 more year, they should around 25-30 launches total.

OSC's record really is not that good.

Comment: Not really (Score 2) 442

by WindBourne (#48257643) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
OSC does NOT have a strong program. The fact is, that Antonio has continued to give up all of the design and construction to others. OSC owns less of this rocket, than ULA owns of their atlas first stage.
Go look at Pegasus and the various Minotaurs/Taurus launch systems and you will see that they do NOT have a great track record.

Comment: Give me a break (Score 1) 442

by WindBourne (#48257589) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
SpaceX has zero losses on their F9. It is one of the best records that have been seen by a new system.
OSC lost this because they control NOTHING. All of the QA on this is from Russia, Ukraine, Europe, etc. OSC has no real QA on it.
And considering that NASA lost a shuttle just 10 years ago, I would have to say that it makes your diatribe total BS.

Comment: As I said earlier (Score 4, Interesting) 442

by WindBourne (#48257467) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
http://slashdot.org/comments.p..."> Antares will launch less than 20 times in its lifetime. In fact, probably less than another 5. NASA is not likely going to use them to provide goods for the ISS since they are expensive for what they bring.
OSC is a company that really has NO control of its systems. Basically, it farms out most everything, so it must depend on all others. Even now, the Antares uses old Russian engines, and counted on Russia to do the quality control.

Until OSC controls all aspects of its systems, similar to how SpaceX works, they will NEVER be able to do a launch system reliably.

Comment: feds should allocate a lane for this. (Score 1) 317

by WindBourne (#48241777) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
Seriously, if our federal highways were to allocate the inner most lane as being for automated cars starting in 2020, AND allowed 20 mph higher speeds, this would encourage faster adoption of automation for cars and trucks. Ideally, the vehicles would require a freq for talking to each other with as well.

Comment: This is why amnesty for illegals is foolish (Score 2) 714

The west is about to head into massive automation. If Europe and America grant total amnesty to all illegals, it will come to bite these nations in the butt with large amounts of un-educated and un-employable individuals.
What is really needed is for an amnesty path for a small group of the illegals (basically, those that were raised here). The rest need to go back to their homes.

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