Curiously in the series of tweets shown here, and the way it reads, it was all Elon Musk’s fault. < -click to enlarge->



  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior Art Critic says:

    How to spot you are on the downslope in your life cycle:

    10 years ago: Led all nations in Space Exploration and Utilization.

    Today: Not in space.

    Future: No plans other than more tax reduction for the job creators so that the RICH in other countries can develop a tourist attraction for the merely rich.

    ……and no one even criticizes our culture for this as the downward spiral tightens and accelerates.

    More to come.

    • orchidcup says:

      Welcome to the Third World!

      • pedro says:

        Yup! Technologically, politically & socially speaking.

        • Skeptic says:

          Yup, and y’all are dragging Canada down with ya. Luckily we have one foot stuck in the Alberta oil sands. Cough, cough, hack!

          • msbpodcast says:

            Don’t forget about Hydro Québec and Ontario Hydro. (And forget about dragging down Québec. The average US citizen doesn’t speak the language.)

          • pedro says:

            Could you tell us what was that excellent plan the French Canada had? You know, the one were you divided yourself from the Anglo phonic part of Canada and went on the adhere yourselves to the US?

          • msbpodcast says:

            Forget about adhering to anything the ‘States has to offer.

            Québecois are <bbig pains in the butt.

            The séparatistes might have seriously entertained the thought of a separate, sovereign and independent Québec and applying for membership in the UN, (and a sizable minority still do, [something which will surface again in the coming century, I'm sure,]) but it was about jettisoning the Anglo Canadians and forming an economic union with the states.

            Now that the northern Québec development project is starting, the northwest passage is about to literally make the Panama canal redundant and the US is too busy screwing the pooch and being greed-head trickle-up idiots, I’m not so sure the Québecois are as interested anymore.

            What passes for nutrition in the ‘States is appalling. (The average beanery or brasserie in Québec serves better food that you can get in a US restaurant with less than two stars. [Obesity down here is epidemic and ugly. {You're leaping out of your clothes like muffin tops.}])

            What passes for fun in the ‘States is too tight-assed hypocritical and frustrated to appeal to the middle-class (yeah, we still have some of those people in Québec, that are rapidly becoming extinct down here,) and we know people have sex but that doesn’t mean we live in a constant of sexual arousal.

            This country is like one big hung-over frat-house running itself into the ground avoiding doing maintenance while engaging in a massive binge drunk.

            You seem to have boiled yourselves down to two delusions, seemingly at polar opposites, while actually bring at the right and the far right of the political globe.

            I hate US citizens’ not realizing that the job of government is to take care of all the things that business doesn’t want to take care of but those things still need to get done to keep your bridges from falling down, your roads open, your bus and train station, harbors, ports and airports safe (really safe, not TSA theatrically safe.)

          • pedro says:

            Excellent summation

    • deowll says:

      On the contrary the people you support have every intention of running everyone who has enough money to hire others out of the country or reducing them to the point they are also taking government handouts.

      Why with any luck everyone will soon be living off “government money” and only Fed Gov employees and Congress critters will be rich in this police state.

      It is already a sad truth that the only way to stay in business in this country is to bribe Congress or the WH while continuing to make pay offs to state and local officals.

      • orchidcup says:

        I installed a computer network in a home office for a client.

        The client insisted they wanted Dell computers.

        I called Dell Customer Assistance to inquire about an equipment issue.

        I get a rep that is located in India. He spoke English, but not well enough to intelligently discuss a technical issue. I gave up and solved the issue myself.

        Why can’t Dell provide support jobs to Americans?

        I smell a plot…

        • GLT says:

          They do offer onshore support, but it’s an upsell called ProSupport… not the same as basic support.

        • Brian says:

          because every moron in the US wants upwards of $15/hour for doing menial, mind-numbing jobs, including (but definitely not limited to) answering phone calls and reading off of a scripted troubleshooting page displayed on the screen in front of you (which, incidentally, requires the worker to have absolutely no knowledge or skill in whatever they’re doing tech support for and, I would argue, not even a triple-digit IQ). If they’ll do it for $15/DAY in India or the Philippines or wherever, well….if you’re not intelligent enough to figure that one out, then you’re part of the problem.

    • Peppeddu says:

      Nah, I don’t buy it

      In the 1960 we couldn’t even get an Apollo rocket off the ground, the Russians were first, what a shame for the us back then, right?
      And from there we landed 12 people on the moon, landed probes in various planets and asteroids, not to mention the Space Shuttle that built the ISS

      Now, we are having trouble launching a PRIVATE rocket into space, again, a first in the world.

      Think about all the ramifications this is gonna have once they put all their things together.
      Their capsules are designed to carry people even though right now are used only for cargo.

      If history teach us something, this is the beginning of something really big

      • pedro says:

        So all the knowledge NASA created has been lost and these guys have to start from scratch? Sorry, not good enough an excuse.

  2. orchidcup says:

    “SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said that high combustion chamber pressure in engine No. 5 was to blame and that technicians would conduct an inspection later in the day. If the engine needs to be replaced, a spare is available.”

    “This was the first launch attempt by the several private U.S. companies hoping to take over the job of delivering cargo and eventually astronauts to the space station for NASA. Only governments have accomplished that to date: the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.”

    This was not a failure. This was a successful abort sequence.

    A computer saved the day. Go back to work, slave!

    • pedro says:

      Why is China off that list? Could it be because the US is now at the level of China & approaching the level of Russia?

      • msbpodcast says:

        Could it be that the US is approaching the level of Haiti (Have you seen the [lack of] quality of health care in Washington DC if you’re unemployed?)

        The future is here, its just not well distributed.

        In some aspects its a distopia, in other aspects, its merely a disaster.

        And in Montana… the air is fresh, sort of, and clean, sort of, and the rich folks are getting the USDA to subsidize their farms, the FDA is told to stay the fuck off, the FBI, CIA, NSA, Norad and the rest of the gummint alphabet soup is always ready to please and the TSA never gets aboard a rich man’s private plane…

        • Brian says:

          wow. totally unrelated rant there, eh?

          Pedro, in all honesty, that quote from time.com only related to the ISS from the sound of it, and those are the only nations that have successfully launched vehicles to support it. ESA and Japan have only launched unmanned cargo vehicles.

          • pedro says:

            That’s the problem with out of context quotes. Still, SpaceX is currently below the level of China.

            Hopefully they’ll get better but if they’re working with NASA what happened is almost inexcusable.

          • So what says:

            So what you are saying Pedro is that a private company’s space program is on par with the national space program of an entire nation. Now toss in the number of times NASA has had to abort a launch in its history, or had a flat out failure. So right now the private company is 0-1-0, that is not a particularly bad record at this point.

          • pedro says:

            No Mustard, the US space program is at the Chinese level. NASA is outsourcing human & cargo transport to SpaceX. Get informed.

  3. High Hopes says:

    Standing tall but couldn’t get it off the launch pad. Yeah, we’ve all had that problem, right?

    • Skeptic says:

      Yup. All kind of problems…

      combustion chamber malfunctions in both engines, shield fails on reentry, insufficient velocity to achieve orbit, early depressurization …

  4. sargasso_c says:

    Space is tough. Always has been. Always will be. Toughen up!

  5. Somebody_Else says:

    This is the third Falcon 9 launch, I can cut them some slack.

    How many rockets did NASA blow up on the pad or just after launch? I’d say SpaceX is doing pretty well.

    • pedro says:

      So you say we have to wait until some astronauts die while lifting up again?

  6. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    Look at the bottom Tweet of John C. Dvorak’s included image:

    “Whatever happens today, we could not have done it without @NASA, but errors are ours alone and me most of all.”

    To me, that’s a very vain statement. NASA states how much they cooperate with the private space industry.

    NASA’s astronauts are certainly cooperating.

    My big question is what direction NASA’s astronaut program will take. Will it be dissolved? Included in SpaceX’s goal of Mars exploration? etc.?

    • sargasso_c says:

      I have always admired the US space program and puzzled by how all of the most modest predictions of manned space flight have totally failed to hit target. Decline as part of the “end of empire” might account for it but it is most likely a combination of economic and socialogical factors that combined to impede progress. Painting a target on Mars, will guarantee that nobody will hit it.

      And some meaningless emojis.. 😲👿🌻🇺🇸🚀🎢💤

  7. dave m brewer says:

    The launch room look’s like FaceBook central. (Maybe more like the lunch room.)

  8. /T. says:

    Video 8:00 to 10:00 … Strongback to Falcon9 : Does somebody need a hug?

    Compelling audio at the beginning … video was kinda bland overall ;-)

    I applaud an attempt few have made …

  9. Glenn E. says:

    Hopefully this not a return of the days when even NASA couldn’t get its own non-shuttle flight rockets off the ground without major problems occurring. A number of satellite only launches were not successful for about a year. Almost as if NASA didn’t like non-manned flights competing with its manned flights. So the mysterious forgot how to do, what they use to do without any problems, pre-Space Shuttle era. Then some of the low cost, non-manned space probes, started suffering mission ending problems. Like that Mars probe that crashed or got lost. There just seems to be two tiers of expertise involved. If it’s got men aboard it, it flies without a hitch. If it’s got no men aboard it, anything can happen.

  10. John S says:

    So much for America the great. LOL

  11. You know what they say, there’s no free launch.

  12. Dallas says:

    This sequence of events happens when mom walks in the room just prior to lift off!

  13. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    They had successful lift off this morning. Ahhhh. Happy ending.