SpaceX Has Bad Day in McGregor; Vehicle Explodes in Air

  • Daniel is Daniel

    That’s a good day of testing. Now they can build an even better one.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    It’s only good if they can find out what went wrong, and fix it.

  • Mercy2000

    This is what happens when you try to revolutionize an industry. Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) are already drafting a new letter that says: WE TOLD YOU SO! So Elon will build a better one, and wave bye bye as they fly past ULA in the Dragon V2.

  • therealdmt

    Uh oh, bad timing (not that there’s ever a good time to have your rocket blow up).

    This takes some luster off their commercial crew bid and provides sobering thought overall.

  • Hug Doug

    why? the F9R testbed rocket isn’t the same as the flight model.

  • mattmcc80

    A distinction that’s likely to be lost on Congress.

  • Howard Treesong

    The path to greatness was not forged by people sitting in their comfortable chairs watching tv as history was made.

    The path to greatness requires sacrifice, hard work, pizza. Lots and lots of pizza.

  • duheagle

    When you push the envelope, sometimes the envelope pushes back.

  • Martin Frank

    Then sign me up for greatness cause I love pizza.

  • su27k

    Good thing Congress is not evaluating the bid then. I trust NASA to recognize this has nothing to do with CC. And even if they crashed DragonFly I doubt it would have a big impact on CC, remember SNC crashed their test vehicle last year, they’re still in the race.

  • Solartear

    Good to get the first ‘auto-termination’ in testing out of the way to remind the public these are supposed to happen when running advanced rocket experiments.

  • Daniel is Daniel

    We have the technology, we can rebuild it.

  • mattmcc80

    It’s not really important who’s evaluating bids. The buck stops with the House, and if they don’t like NASA’s choices, they’ve got plenty of ways to make sure NASA chooses someone else, or doesn’t get their money.

  • delphinus100

    Smokey’s right. However, the telemetry should tell them what they need.

    It’s experimental. The equivalent of an ‘X’ vehicle. Now and them expect to break something. Blue Origin did something similar, when they lost control of their own test article and it ascended out of the ‘box’ the FAA allowed…

  • Daniel is Daniel

    The thing about pushing the envelope is that when you push the limits of speed and altitude, eventually you find the place where the postage gets stamped.