Remember that SpaceX has to approach spaceflight from an economic perspective.
They were forced to use a new very small engine, produced in a very short time by a jet engine manufacturer with little experience in rocketry, and even though it was an amazing engine with an incredibly high reliability rate, because there needed to be so many functioning engines during the flight, the reliability just never got high enough to actually work.
So while the NK-15 is probably more reliable than the F-1, you're launching 30 NK-15s at a time as opposed to only 5 F-1s.
Just found out this morning that my grandfather who worked as a programmer on the Apollo missions passed away. He was one of the largest reasons why I love space as I do now, and it makes me sad that now I wont ever hear any of his stories while he was working at NASA again.
I hate the news.
"SpaceX launches it's commercial rocket to the ISS tomorrow! What's it mean for Obama? More at 11"
Lol, the media.
Anyways, here she is, ready for the launch tomorrow:
Scheduled for launch at 8:55 UCT
That's 9:55 British Summer Time! Rocket launch and cornflakes, the best kind of breakfast.
May be late but I just saw this:
Next Falcon 9 being built:
Is there going to be a livestream of it? it'll only be 2 in the morning for me, so thats not too bad to watch it live
Yeah the livestream will be the same as it was for the static fire.
Seven minutes, guys.
The time the webcast starts, I mean. Not necessarily the launch.
She looks so beautiful on the launch pad with those lights...
I was thinking the exact same thing, haha.
Needs space music!
OSM station took a little long to confirm they're ready. COMMENCE PARANOIA.
Less than 10 minutes to go. Things are looking clear.
One minute guys, hurry to the livestream if you haven't already.
There she goes!
What the fuck was that
I blame the OSM station.
I love how a post says "Here we go", followed by streams of disappointment.
I wonder what could have gone wrong?
Maybe they left the parking brakes on.
Apparently the flight computer failed to start.
"Abort on engine 5"
Well, looks like I have another all-nighter to look forward to on the 22nd...
Right, high pressure problem in engine 5.