Saturday, March 25, 2006

Someone's looking out for that satellite...

The team is on Omelek collecting debris.

The rocket impacted on a dead reef about 250 ft away from the launch pad, so most of it is recoverable for analysis.

Amazingly, the satellite was thrown high into the air when the rocket impacted and came crashing down through the roof of our machine shop, landing mostly intact on the floor! One helluva' return trip.

The hole in the machine shop roof is the only significant damage to the island.

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15 comments:

Jonathan McDowell said...

Condolences on the loss of the rocket, but that's way cool about the payload!
Any idea what its apogee was?
A few kilometers at least I'm guessing..
better luck next time, we are all rooting for you guys.

Ed said...

You guys must find it really awkward to walk, what with all those horseshoes shoved in uncomfortable places. ;)

Best. Rocket. Failure. Ever.

fred said...

Mmmm, interesting, but was anyone in the machine shop? I certainly hope not! Just how far off the launch pad did the rocket get?

Success comes from initial failure and I wish you the best in your future launch endeavours!

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Jack Kennedy said...

Thousands, if not millions, are still counting on the leadership,
tenaciousness, and raw determination to get the private sector to orbit. We still have the faith - "come hell or high water!'
Elon Musk most certainly is the GenX 'come back kid!'

Kitch said...

Aww man, I was hoping this would work. Oh well, better luck next time. I hope that Vandenberg will be ready soon.

DLC said...

Hi Kimbal,
I'm interested in learning more about the crash landing. I'm a writer for New Scientist. Can you contact me directly please? I'm reachable at: david.chandler@newscientist.com
Thanks! Look forward to hearing from you.

Zoe Brain said...

For a satellite, that's one heck of a shock test.

inigmatus said...

That is just too cool.

Best. Rocket. Failure. Ever.

floundericiousmi said...

This story is worthless without PICTURES!!!

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capcomespace said...

Hi, I writter for french magazine "ESPACE magazine"
http://www.espace-magazine.net/
I m writting paper on Falcon first launch and failure.
I've read here that the satellite arrived in the SpceX machine shop through the
roof and that it could even be recovered... ESPACE Magazine is very interested by a photo: this would be an
extraordinary story, a way to have a very positive emphasis on the Falcon-1
maiden launch

capcom@wanadoo.fr

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