SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

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  1. DooKey

    DooKey [H]ard DCOTM x4

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    SpaceX postponed its planned launch of their Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket yesterday after an automatic launch shutdown occurred. They aren't sure what caused the shutdown, however, they are going to try again today to launch this updated rocket. Further, the latest Falcon 9 is approved for Crewed launches and will be able to be reused up to 10 times. This will allow for lower launch costs and more frequent launches. Hopefully everything goes well today and launches SpaceX to future success with the Falcon 9 rocket.

    The Block-5 is the first rocket from Musk’s California-based company to satisfy NASA’s standards for its Commercial Crew Program to carry agency astronauts to the International Space Station. But NASA still requires seven successful flights before the new rocket receives final certification for a manned mission.
     
  2. Spidey329

    Spidey329 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    So there's no log file for when an automatic shutdown occurs with the error message that caused it?

    That seems like an oversight.
     
  3. DigitalPanhandler

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    well, this news is slightly old, and not exactly clear... I mean, this was postponed yesterday, that was the statement they released after it was postponed, and befor any diagnostic was looked into, so I'm sure there was a log file, and it could very well have been a faulty sensor that they just needed to change, orsome corrupted data file...... this headline isn't exactly current / informative due to it being pre-diagnostic....



    that said, recent article as of today on space.com doesn't seem to clarify it either, listing it as a "yet undisclosed issue"


    who knows, someone might have uploaded the data for a block 4, instead of block 5....
    either way rocket detected it befor launch and shut down... success in my book up till something happens...

    either way, I'm sure they have reviewed and double checked everything giving them the confidence to say "grimlins" considering they are going ahead with trying again today.... 4:14pm EDT




    ------------ I may be talking out of my ass beyond this point ---------------------

    additional amendment: I do believe spacex has 3 redundancy systems (somethings telling me to say 7....) and they could launch even when one fails (though I sorta remember them saying they could have 2 fail and still have a go for launch.....)

    information as to why a abort happens generally isn't public knowledge, because all the public needs to know at that point, is their systems worked as planned (detection, and abort), or, if its a SERIOUS problem.... otherwise information doesn't usually trickle out till AFTER a failure entirely...
     
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  4. katanaD

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    which will be YEARS ahead still of SLS launching
     
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  5. M76

    M76 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    A log doesn't always tell you the real issue.

    Like for example when a car gives a certain error code it doesn't mean replacing the component that the error is related to will fix the problem.
     
  6. DigitalPanhandler

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    http://www.spacex.com/webcast

    around about 19 minutes in they explain what caused the issue yesterday, was actually a ground system that sent the abort, and "was a artifact of the checks done previously, that didn't properly clear itself"

    so wasn't any issue with the rocket itself, nor a issue that would have caused a malfunction catastrophic or otherwise.... aside from the false abort
     
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  8. workshop35

    workshop35 Gawd

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    and for waaaaay less money. Hopefully spacex can get their stuff to ULA reliability levels with lower costs, we're way behind where we could have been. There should have had a moon base 40+ years ago.