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(The Verge)   The word 'unblowupable' is thrown around a lot these days   ( theverge.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, SpaceX, Falcon 9, Rocket, Falcon 1, SpaceX spokesperson John, Internal combustion engine, SpaceX's rocket, Merlin  
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2017-11-08 06:09:27 PM  
I assume journalists use real words that make sense. As opposed to submitter who's just an idiot.
2017-11-08 06:48:04 PM  
I would like video...
2017-11-08 07:53:24 PM  
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2017-11-08 09:35:18 PM  
Qualification test for an engine to be used in a Falcon 9 launch in late 2018?  Didn't take out a booster with it?

Can't say I'm terribly worried about this.  They'll take another engine out of stock, test it, and integrate the booster.

Which will work perfectly.

*Because* they do damn diligent testing like this.

And they'll investigate this failure, learn from it, and their stuff will get that much better.
2017-11-08 09:57:03 PM  
As noted elsewhere, this breaking (exploding) SpaceX news is brought to you by the Washington Post, which is owned by this guy:

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And if there's one thing BO knows, it's how to blow up a rocket engine real good.

/Seriously, it's rocket science.  If stuff isn't exploding in testing, you aren't trying hard enough.
2017-11-08 10:03:39 PM  
Watching the youtube video of one of his rockets descend from space and plant itself squarely back on the launch pad is easily one of the more fascinating things I've seen in my lifetime.  Don't just watch the final touchdown, watch the entire launch and recovery on their youtube channel.  There's a camera onboard that shows the earth below coming into range and gives real time mph figures.  Very cool.
2017-11-08 10:04:37 PM  
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Sucks when that happens
2017-11-09 11:44:37 AM  
OK Nibbles, you've have to initiate a burn for 30 seconds
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