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Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost 108

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-gone dept.
schwit1 writes: The Russians have declared lost the Progress freighter that had been launched to the ISS yesterday. They never could regain control of the craft, plus it was in an incorrect orbit. Moreover, the U.S. Air Force has detected debris nearby, suggesting a significant failure of some kind. The Russians are now considering delaying the next manned launch, scheduled for May 26, while they investigate this failure. Both Soyuz and Progress use some of the same systems, including the radar system that failed on Progress, and they want to make sure the problem won't pop up on the manned mission. At the same time, they are also considering advancing the launch date of the next Progress to ISS from August 6. Based on these reports, I think they might swap the launch dates for the two flights. A Dragon is scheduled to go to ISS in between these missions, though that schedule could be changed as well to accommodate the Russian plans.

Comment: like CORONA, in The Road Warrior (Score 1) 342

I was going to suggest a tower with a grapple just tall enough to hold the returning stage suspended.
But recent events have convinced me that snagging it out of the air with a giant auto-gyro and flying it back would be the most awesome solution.

Unfortunately, the nearest volcanoes are in the Caribbean. Although operating from St. Kitts might help with recruiting.

Comment: Elon's King of Swamp Castle (Score 2) 342

When I first came here, this was all swamp.
Everyone said I was daft to land a rocket on a barge, but I built in all the same, just to show them.
It sank into the ocean.
So I built a second one.
And that one sank into the ocean.
So I built a third.
That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the ocean.
But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Son, the strongest rocket in all of aerospace.

Comment: Re:Launch Scrubbed (Score 1) 77

by Thud457 (#49465871) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Postponed
holy crap Elon, do I have to show you how to do everything?!!
It's Florida. We have lightning. Learn to deal.
1. Launch a sounding rocket from a nearby pad to trigger the lightning, thereby temporarily draining the local electrostatic potential.
like a Boss that ain't 'fraid of no litenin'

You can send my usual consulting fee to the usual account.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.