[extropy-chat] SpaceX launch attempt later today

Brian Atkins brian at posthuman.com
Wed Mar 21 01:42:31 UTC 2007

Got off the ground on the 2nd try today, and made it at least into space. They 
cut the video feed on the 2nd stage after three minutes when it looked like it 
might be going into some kind of feedback wobble, so not clear yet if this was a 
total or just partial success. Either way, good job SpaceX I think. I hope they 
release additional video and details later.

Brian Atkins wrote:
> This 2nd attempt today is pretty interesting so far. First try today went all 
> the way to ignition, fired for about a second, but then auto-aborted because of 
> ~.1% low chamber pressure (turned out the fuel was slightly too cold). The 
> hold-down clamps never released so it just sat there. Now they've recycled all 
> the fuel to help warm it up, and are making a 2nd launch attempt on the same 
> day...7 minutes to go.

Brian Atkins
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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