SpaceX Test Problems Confirmation

Well, it looks like there is more information about what happened, and what SpaceX is intending on doing here at space.com. I was kinda bugged with some of the attitudes expressed on sci.space.policy about the whole situation. I guess I’m not in much of a position to talk, seeing as how I was the one who blogged it in the first place….

SpaceX reported this problem just about as quickly as they did their previous problems. They are a rocket engineering company, not a rocket nerd entertainment company. They make money by designing, testing and flying hardware, not be wasting their time explaining all of their decisions to monday morning quarterback style engineers and engineer wannabes. Companies tend to like to release information about snags after they’ve had a chance to analyze and fix the problem. Problems happen, but solving problems show competence.

Anyway, it’s interesting to note that Elon’s reply mentions that the failures occured during tests that were intentionally testing severely off-nominal situations. In other words, they were trying to test the bolts off the thing. The fact that they had a failure in such a situation isn’t too suprising at all.

Anyway, I needed to vent a little spleen. Back to work now.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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2 Responses to SpaceX Test Problems Confirmation

  1. Robert Rowland says:

    Jon, don’t burst my bubble! SpaceX is an excellent Rocket Nerd Entertainment Company.

  2. Michael Antoniewicz II says:

    Well, I’m glad to see that they are following G. Harry Stine’s advice to test, test, and test till you blow something up. It’s the only way to really learn how things are going to come apart on you and more importently what leads up to it … so you can avoid it in use.

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