All posts by Rand Simberg

False Flag

While we’re waiting to see if the weather will permit the launch…

Cops arrested four hundred people in Los Angeles last night.

Leo Terrell was on Hannity’s radio show yesterday, and sounding angry and (surprisingly) sane. He was lambasting the rioters and the Democrats.

SpaceX

returns human spaceflight to America (and southern California).

I’m glad this is happening, but it should have happened years ago.

[Update just before launch time]

Welp, I guess they’ll try again Saturday. Florida weather.

[Thursday-morning update]

American spaceflight is now in Elon Musk’s hands.

[Bumped]

[Saturday-afternoon (in Florida) update]

Trying again in less than an hour.

[Bumped again]

[Update after the launch]

Looks like everything went perfectly, with weather cooperating in the last hour. On orbit now, and heading for a rendezvous with ISS tomorrow morning. Vodkapundit live blogged it.

[Update a few minutes later]

Loren Grush’s story.

Another report from Emilee Speck.

So Much For SN4

It went kablooie in the static test today. Video anon.

[Update a few minutes later]

It appears to be an earth-shattering kaboom.

Not sure why there’s no audio, but I assume it was loud. Presumably no one was hurt; Mary was reportedly quite a ways away when she took this. Starhopper looks OK, but we’ll hear more soon. I was watching the live stream; it seems to be still burning. One of the benefits of stainless is that it’s cheap, compared to carbon composite.

[Update a few minutes later]

Here’s before and after.

[Update a while later]

Loren Grush has the story.

[Update a few minutes later]

And here’s Eric Berger’s story.

[Update a couple minutes later]

Worth noting, as Eric does, that the static test was successful, FWIW. So this is the biggest advance they’ve made yet on the SN series. Next challenge is to do a static test without an explosion afterward.

[Saturday-morning update]

Here’s one with audio. Note the delay due to the distance. Has to be over half a mile away.

[Update a few minutes later]

An article about the safety of the system, with a quote from Leroy Chiao: “Chiao said pushing too hard for safer numbers could cause a spaceflight program to spiral into never launching at all.”

You don’t say.