It launched. It really launched.Holy shit.
A shame that my streaming video didn't work...well, it worked for a second and teased me with some awesome shots.
Congratulations. The streaming video died a few seconds after liftoff, but I did see a view from the rocket as it ascended. Way to go guys!
Sweet! The feed died for us around +8! Post some video!!
My video feed held in until the on-board footage started. That was purty darned cool!
"We did lose the vehicle," says Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX vice president of business development.
How's the trajectory?
trajectory: downwards in many peices ;_;
I thought that's what I saw... blanket pulling the rocket?
How is everybody getting the current info??
oh no :(
Falcon 1.A, may she rest in peace. May her sisters fair much better with the sacrice of their brave sibling. Pick up the pieces, learn, and move on! Go SpaceX go. Really good try.
Still, first time is pretty unheard of. In fact I can't think of any new launcher that worked first time except Shuttle.
Last I saw the feed facing down from the rocket, I saw ocean, clouds, not very good signs. Not sure, but I think the thermal blanket or something held on to the rocket during lift off - of course, this is only speculation, probably better reserved for an official statement from SpaceX pending an investigation. I look foward to seeing the next Falcon 1 flying. No doubt much will be learned from what has happened - valuable information for the future that can only come from a live launch. :)
Kwaj Net blocked the live feed. Sorry to hear the missile had to be aborted. Great try SpaceX.
This is very unfortunate and I'd like to offer SpaceXers my sympathies. Elon said before that he won't quit until after 3rd failure, so there's a hope that this setback can be overcome.Regarding Kevin's comments, I seem to recall that Energia and Saturn V worked on the first try as well. But yes, it does not seem that majority of boosters do that.
The Saturn V worked on its first launch. But they had a slighly largerbudget. Good attempt guys at SPACEXhope you can iron out the problemsand try again soon.
Isn't there a shutoff switch for the rocket rather than aborting the flight by demolition? Does anyone know if the rocket is recoverable?
bummer.My best wishes to everyone on the team. You have a lot of well wishers out here.
Due to the locationa nd population of the area it is aborted and destoryed rather than come down on the islands I think
bummer. we were very excited on the flickr blog.latest photo I had
Elon says that she made it past the launch pad, so nothing held on to her. She was lost later in stage 1 burn.
raptorantill said: "Due to the locationa nd population of the area it is aborted and destoryed rather than come down on the islands I think"No, the Falcon uses thrust termination rather than an explosive or destructive abort.Hopefully it remained intact and it's not thousands of feet below.
Steve,Thanks for the link to the picture!It's hard to tell, but I think yours might be a fraction of a second later than the one posted at spaceflightnow.comhttp://spaceflightnow.com/falcon/f1/images/onboard.jpgDid you happen to grab any frames *just before* the last one?It would be interesting to compare some of the earlier frames to that last one.
ericr: I thinkl you are right. I have four photos from the nose cone cam, including one later than these. I can email them to whoever is interested. Just email me at my initials at dfj.com
My last view from the rocket before the feed cut was a picture of the sky and clouds as she flew negatively horizontal toward the ocean with the exaust trail reflecting a spin. I didn't see a flame as some conjecture on http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/If anything, I believe the rocket may be buried nose first into the ocean floor.
A shot of the supposedly last frame from the Falcon can be found here:http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1924&start=301&posts=302If this picture isn't someones fabrication then when Spacex says they lost the vehicle they really mean they *lost*the*vehicle*.
Inigmatus,Wow, do I understand you correctly? You saw her heading back to earth under power?She was still very much nose-up when the feed we were watching cut out.
I last saw a spining exahust trail and blue sky or ocean with clouds.But I think this is one of the last frames received:http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/forums/get-attachment.asp?action=view&attachmentid=3916
Rats, Rats, Rats.Looks like she exploded. I was hoping she just fell into the ocean.This could make it much harder to figure out what went wrong.
Full video of the launch from t-10sec to impact w/ ocean:http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1950&posts=1#M27148Nasaspaceflight forum membership necessary, but free...
ok, so I'll break the full URL:http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1950&posts=1#M27148
Yes, upon review of the video, the frame I posted was of a flare up of the nozzle - a frame that my feed skipped when I watched it live an assumed it was its last. I was right, she headed to the ocean on her own power.
..and upon further review of the video, it does look like the thermal blanket never seperated completely from the rocket as I suspected, which might have damaged the nozzle, which put her into an uncontrolled spin which I saw, as she screamed to her death toward an ocean plunge. In all likelihood, she probably broke into lots of pieces when it impacted the surface, which means that she is probably littered all over the ocean floor - unrecoverable. Well hey, it was a spectacular dance while it lasted! May she rest in peace. No pun intended.
The last few seconds of video definitely showed an orange flame streaming off to the right:http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/9380/falcon1flame5ln.jpg
Anyway, there was liftoff!And there must be further and succesfull ones.
In addition to Shuttle and Saturn V, the first launches of the Titan II Gemini version, the Titan III, the Titan II SLV version, the Titan IV, Atlas 2, Atlas 3 and Atlas V all carried valuable spacecraft and worked.
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