August 2, 2008

SpaceX reaches and maybe misses

SpaceX launched their Falcon 1 booster today from the Kwajalein Atoll. They recycled the countdown to 10 minutes after the first attempt resulted in an autoabort after engine ignition. The vehicle launched and we had camera feed out to around 40 or 50 km altitude, past Max Q. The feed cut off, and SpaceX's webcast crew said tersely that "We have heard from launch control that there has been an anomaly. More details will be posted to the website as available." Then they went offline.

SIgh.

Hopefully said anomaly wasn't a flight-terminating one, but...well...in the history of spaceflight, 'anomaly' during launch has usually meant Bad Things.

Sorry, SpaceX. We're pulling for you.

Posted by jbz at August 2, 2008 11:44 PM | TrackBack

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