Fall Down And Go Boom!

If you hadn’t heard, yesterday an Antares rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp. blew up during takeoff from the Virginia spaceport.

First, things like this will happen until we find a better way of launching objects (and people) into orbit.

I think Steve Buscemi’s character Rockhound in the (much maligned) film Armageddon said it best: “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?”

A lot of things can go wrong when you are basically lighting a giant bottle rocket to take you to space.

This was to be Orbital’s third mission to launch a Cygnus resupply craft to the ISS.  After the investigation as to what went wrong, Orbital will send up another craft.

Still, we need to find a better way to get to space.  Current spacecraft are expensive and mostly single use.  We need to invest in something better.


– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +