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2021-08-04 7:08:43 PM  
Did we expect otherwise?
 
2021-08-04 7:11:52 PM  
A Hyperbola 1 rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan launch base

Well, maybe next time you should describe the rocket without exaggerated statements.
 
2021-08-04 7:13:54 PM  
While I support all space exploration when TFA got to the end and stated "The Hyperbola 2 rocket under development by iSpace is designed to be reusable, with its first and second stages driven by engines fueled by methane and liquid oxygen. The Hyperbola 2 rocket will stand 92 feet (28 meters) tall, and its first stage attempt a propulsive landing, allowing iSpace to recover, refurbish, and reuse the booster." I blurted out "Yeah. Good luck with that for a few years."
 
2021-08-04 9:25:05 PM  
This reminds me of the time Mao decided that everyone should just up and start making steel, like it's a variation on fried rice or something.
 
2021-08-04 9:25:56 PM  
Nobody puts a satellite payload on a "flight test."
 
2021-08-04 9:43:50 PM  
iBoom today?
 
2021-08-04 9:48:53 PM  
Seriously who names a rocket hyperbola. That is the last shape you want.
 
2021-08-04 10:37:07 PM  

Gerald Tarrant: Seriously who names a rocket hyperbola. That is the last shape you want.


Not if you're an interstellar comet.
 
2021-08-04 10:44:08 PM  

FormlessOne: Nobody puts a satellite payload on a "flight test."


Certainly not one you care about. Unless I'm mistaken, concrete blocks are usually used for testing.
 
2021-08-04 10:47:00 PM  

Gerald Tarrant: Seriously who names a rocket hyperbola. That is the last shape you want.


They're really big on figure eights over there.  You should have seen THAT debacle.  I think that was the one that left the first stage propellant all over its host city.
 
2021-08-04 10:48:19 PM  
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Can it really be called a rocket if they fling it into space using large cranes?
 
2021-08-04 11:31:06 PM  
Space is hard. Our shiat blew up. The Soviets' shiat blew up. The Europeans' shiat blew up. The Chinese government's shiat blew up. Elon Musk's shiat blew up. And now your shiat has blown up. Welcome to the club.
 
2021-08-05 1:26:27 AM  

Wanebo: While I support all space exploration when TFA got to the end and stated "The Hyperbola 2 rocket under development by iSpace is designed to be reusable, with its first and second stages driven by engines fueled by methane and liquid oxygen. The Hyperbola 2 rocket will stand 92 feet (28 meters) tall, and its first stage attempt a propulsive landing, allowing iSpace to recover, refurbish, and reuse the booster." I blurted out "Yeah. Good luck with that for a few years."


It'll look conspicuously like a not-Falcon 9, powered by some configuration of not-Raptor engines
 
2021-08-05 1:30:45 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Space is hard. Our shiat blew up. The Soviets' shiat blew up. The Europeans' shiat blew up. The Chinese government's shiat blew up. Elon Musk's shiat blew up. And now your shiat has blown up. Welcome to the club.


As someone who's spent about half his 30+ year career working for rocket scientists, I can attest to the fact that blowing shiat up is second only to launching shiat into space on their list of favorite activities.

/activities performed while clothed, that is
 
2021-08-05 5:51:09 AM  
Someone missed a perfectly good opportunity to do a "hyperbola finds its asymptote" headline.
 
2021-08-05 7:09:30 AM  

mongbiohazard: FormlessOne: Nobody puts a satellite payload on a "flight test."

Certainly not one you care about. Unless I'm mistaken, concrete blocks are usually used for testing.


Or your founder's old car.

Oddly enough, ULA's Vulcan will have a paying customer on its first flight. I don't know if they get a discount. Needless to say, it is not a billion dollar satellite for the Pentagon.

Firefly will have a payload for their season premiere, but as a small sat launcher it won't have the really expensive stuff.
 
2021-08-05 8:44:04 AM  

Gerald Tarrant: Seriously who names a rocket hyperbola. That is the last shape you want.


From TFA:

The Hyperbola 1 rocket was developed by iSpace, also known as Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd.

I can see where they get the name from.
 
2021-08-05 9:35:11 AM  

mongbiohazard: FormlessOne: Nobody puts a satellite payload on a "flight test."

Certainly not one you care about. Unless I'm mistaken, concrete blocks are usually used for testing.


Or more recently, cars ... packed with "evidence"
 
2021-08-05 10:29:45 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Firefly will have a payload for their season premiere



Looking forward to a load of pay:

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2021-08-05 1:46:57 PM  

Keyser_Soze_Death: Should have had it made in Taiwan.


That's only for Russian and American space parts.
 
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