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(Ars Technica)   Missing: seven small satellites. Last seen near New Zealand. If found, please return what's left to Rocket Labs   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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2020-07-05 12:27:47 PM  
Probably in the pacific somewhere.
I'm suspecting power failure cause it looked like the engine was cutting out before the camera failed.
 
2020-07-05 2:09:25 PM  
FTFA: "The In-Space team is absolutely gutted by this news."

No kidding. That was millions of dollars worth of hardware you ruined.
 
2020-07-05 2:11:44 PM  
Seven? I thought they are Hobbits there and not Dwarfs.
 
2020-07-05 2:12:50 PM  
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2020-07-05 2:58:50 PM  
It's almost like going to space is hard.
 
2020-07-05 3:03:42 PM  

wax_on: It's almost like going to space is hard.


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The main difficulty is keeping it pointed it in the right direction.
 
2020-07-05 3:19:55 PM  

Ivo Shandor: wax_on: It's almost like going to space is hard.

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The main difficulty is keeping it pointed it in the right direction.


Keeping the fire coming out where it's supposed to come out is pretty hard too.  Can't have too much fire, can't have not enough fire.  Looks like Rocket Lab had a "not enough fire" problem.
 
2020-07-05 3:21:49 PM  

Professor Science: Ivo Shandor: wax_on: It's almost like going to space is hard.

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The main difficulty is keeping it pointed it in the right direction.

Keeping the fire coming out where it's supposed to come out is pretty hard too.  Can't have too much fire, can't have not enough fire.  Looks like Rocket Lab had a "not enough fire" problem.


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2020-07-05 3:50:03 PM  

Ivo Shandor: wax_on: It's almost like going to space is hard.

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The main difficulty is keeping it pointed it in the right direction.


That seems to be the takeaway from Scott Manley's video and why it lost video before telemetry.  His guess was that video was directional and the rocket eventually pointed the antenna in the wrong way (the telemetry antenna didn't matter).
 
2020-07-05 3:50:18 PM  
The video feed from the rocket did eventually did cut out. There were no pics, therefore it didn't happen.

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.
 
2020-07-05 5:12:26 PM  
No one gonna comment on how the mission was called "Pics or it Didn't Happen"?  No?  Okay...
 
2020-07-06 1:11:23 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: Ivo Shandor: wax_on: It's almost like going to space is hard.

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The main difficulty is keeping it pointed it in the right direction.

That seems to be the takeaway from Scott Manley's video and why it lost video before telemetry.  His guess was that video was directional and the rocket eventually pointed the antenna in the wrong way (the telemetry antenna didn't matter).


OK... I had watched his video earlier, and it didn't click about the off nominal attitude. This is making sense. It's conjecture, but I can see where the computer would begin to either try correcting the thrust, vector, both, or just throwing in the towel for what was beginning to be a very bad day.

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