[extropy-chat] SpaceX launch attempt later today

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Wed Mar 21 05:18:05 UTC 2007

At 09:40 PM 3/20/2007 -0700, spike wrote:

>As far as I could tell it was still
>going pointy end first at the end of the video.


The roll control glitch affected how the Falcon 1 booster's second 
stage controlled itself in flight, sending the vehicle on a path that 
likely reentered the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean 
without completing a full orbit, Musk said. The malfunction could 
have been due to a range of issues, such as helium leak or a roll 
control jet glitch, but only a subsequent analysis will root out the 
cause, he added.  

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