- Mar 22, 2008
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They use autogenous pressurization so they won't really pop explosively unless the tank structure is completely compromised. If you just punch a hole in them it will be like boiling off the liquid in an aerosol can when you depress the nozzle. The delay in full vehicle destruction may have been due to the lack of atmospheric drag. At 39 km the air density is something like 0.3% of that at sea level. It had fall into the denser atmosphere to hit a second "Max-Q" before the aerodynamic loads were enough to break up the vehicle.
Ouch. They can't even be trusted with FTS =/
It looks like one of the nuclear bomb test sites in Nevada in the 1950s. Orbital launch stand and foundations are totally trashed, and probably need to be removed completely and the pit refilled before anything new can be constructed unless they decide they want to move the tower, or do some janky form work around the existing rebar. Half of the tank farm needs to be replaced (and protected better). The launch tower took some damage but looks fixable. All sorts of equipment within half a mile might have random debris impact damage. Just figuring out what is broken and what is OK is going to take a while.
I wouldn't put any money in another launch this year.
IMHO indeed, OLM seriously damagedLooking harder at this picture:
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You can see the rectangular foundation on the left has its cylindrical piling underneath it, but the one to the right is missing. The base of the metal structure that looks something like a house projecting from the support on the right should have been at ground level on concrete. You can see where it attaches to the support has separated. You can see in the following still from one of the videos I posted that that metal structure is bent upwards:
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So it definitely looks like at least one of the foundation pilings was completely destroyed, and that the entire pad tilted toward it, bending this metal structure upward. That metal structure is on the opposite side of the OLM from the tower, suggesting the OLM tilted away from the tower during the launch. I really think the angle the vehicle made relative to vertical as it left the OLM wasn't a tower avoidance maneuver, but the angle the OLM tilted before the vehicle was released for liftoff.
I'm not so sure... if the base is indeed tilted, the angle seems quite small (look at the pictures in the previous posts). Plus, from the footage, debris started flying just as the vehicle left the ground, so by that point the digging had just begun and the underground structure was just starting to get blasted, which means the vehicle left a still leveled pad.I really think the angle the vehicle made relative to vertical as it left the OLM wasn't a tower avoidance maneuver, but the angle the OLM tilted before the vehicle was released for liftoff.