Antares Launch Failure
Like a lot of people on the east coast we were outside in the backyard waiting to see Antares launch from nearby Wallops Island!
And like many we were shocked when there was a launch failure. We’ve become so used to NASA and their partners having success and making it look easy. So much so that when it was announced that the Control Center self destructed the rocket, people immediately began their criticism without even knowing what really happened.
The space shuttle failed catastrophically one out of every 50 launches (a statistical fact that held true for 25 years before the design was retired), but what really gets everyone’s blood boiling with this launch seems to be that this was a private sector launch? I don’t get that.
NASA has never built its rockets alone, or at all in some cases. Private sector companies have always had a hand in design, construction and implementation of various aspects of many different kinds of space missions. Aerospace, Lockheed, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Raytheon, and a whole lot more. You can even find them listed for each NASA division. Check out NASA – JSC Contractors as an example.
I don’t get the criticism; getting into space is hard people. This isn’t Star Wars or Star Trek where you can use digital images and green screens. Those of us who grew up during the early days of NASA and the Apollo missions certainly remember how special each and every successful mission really was. Even if you grew up during the days of the Shuttle, you should remember how uncommonly wonderful each launch and return really was.
Wow..have we really gotten to the day when success is expected from NASA 100% of the time? If you’re going to hold them to that standard, then you better be writing letters to your Senators and Congressperson telling them to fully fund the NASA budget. Because right now NASA’s current funding level is 0.48% of the US annual budget. Not even a whole 1.0%. Really? ~ Read more at Penny4NASA.org
You can read more about the Antares event from NASA Wallops Island news sources:
- NASA Statement Regarding Oct. 28 Orbital Sciences Corp. Launch Mishap
- NASA Statement Regarding Orbital Launch Failure
- Antares Launch Failure FAQ
Found Antares, CRS-3 Debris?
Anyone who finds debris or damage to their property in the vicinity of the launch mishap is cautioned to stay away from it and call the Incident Response Team at 757-824-1295.