|Reefer Fez - 2008-06-26 |
That's one hell of a "gust of wind".
|kingarthur - 2008-06-26 |
I'm just going to say: you want to go to space, you roll the dice. Our early space program could have been just as catastrophic. And it not likely we never rained shuttle debris down on anybody.
Our space program worked because we had fine engineers, who were motivated and well educated. China's didn't work because they live in a society that oppresses the individual. We're not any luckier than them. They finally got their shit to work after Americans showed them how to do it right.... We're better.
American concludes Americans are better after watching American documentary, there's a surprise
Im not saying luck, and especially NOT faith, have anything to do with it. It's just extremely fucking difficult to get your ass out of a gravity well strapped into a coke can shot into the air by tons of explosive fuel. Shit is bound to go wrong SOMEWHERE.
|Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2008-06-26 |
Wow. If you're going to invest in a space program, you may as well do it properly...
|Cena_mark - 2008-06-26 |
Stick to building walls.
|RegularJosh - 2008-06-26 |
The Estes rocket program was very affordable, balsa wood is cheap. I think that is why it was so attractive to the Chinese goverment.
|HURF BLURF DUH - 2008-06-26 |
The Chinese invented fireworks, you know.
|victorm - 2008-06-26 |
Aren't these things supposed to have killswitches?
You know to keep them from crashing into the People's Glorious village?
Only to be used in the event of a gust of wind of course.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious
The Space Shuttle has them in each SRB and I guess our unmanned rockets have them as well.
j lzrd / swift idiot
I had heard that you can't really put killswitches in a Solid Rocket Booster; you light them, and they go until they run out.
I am no rocket scientist however, so take that with a grain of salt.
No. You can't kill an SRB once it's lit. You can jettison it, but that's about all.
That's why we launch out over the ocean
|DrVital - 2008-06-26 |
Light and run away.
|Repomancer - 2008-06-26 |
The Chinese built rockets like the Soviets built reactors. It's not a problem if you can cover up the accidents -- which, as it turned out, isn't always possible.
What could possibly go wrong?
|Billings - 2008-06-26 |
"Long march", eh? Can't fault them for bad names at least
|Borborygmus - 2008-06-26 |
Does it have to look so much like a dick? I mean really, it's got two little round boosters near the base and a big swollen head. it's embarrassing. Also embarrassing-killing 500 people.
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