Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight
to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Artemis Test Fire


3 minutes to go

UPDATE: That was a lot shorter than the scheduled 8-minute burn time. Something went wrong, somewhere.

8 comments:

Stewart Dean said...

Some early assessment of what went wrong and how this has been such long-running mess
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/nasas-space-launch-system-rocket-shuts-down-after-just-67-seconds/

Comrade Misfit said...

Boeing, again. {sigh}

Stewart Dean said...

Boeing indeed. Like IBM where I worked for 9 years, the sense of entitlement, the aerospace c'est moi, the stench of an Ernestine Ma Bell-like, 'We're Boeing, we don't have to care' (or be honest or produce good product on time and budget) pervades everything they do like a reverse Midas touch. And how soul-shriveling it must be for the good people, the worker bees that labor there, knowing that their efforts and imagination will be as nothing. My name is Boeing, king of aerospace, look on my works, ye mighty and despair.

Comrade Misfit said...

Yeah. I remember in 2019 when Boeing was touting its experience at manned space flight.

So where are the Starliner flights? But I digress.

Now, I read somewhere that NASA/Boeing is pointing out that it's been fifty years since they last developed a manned spaceflight vehicle and all of the people who knew anything about that shit have retired and/or died. They speak out of both sides of their mouths. without shame.

Stewart Dean said...

" They speak out of both sides of their mouths. without shame."
When MBAs and salesmen run a company, how else? And their loyal minions, the bean counters....whose numbers never lie....of course, when you pick and choose the numbers, you can prove that water runs up hill.
"Once you've done away with integrity, the rest is a piece of cake." -J.R. Ewing
Of course, Mother Nature and the Universe aren't impressed by demos and sales fluff.

Glenn Kelley said...

"all of the people who knew anything about that shit have retired and/or died."

That wouldn't be a problem if they hadn't spent 50 years gutting the company of talent .

MarkS said...

One of my customers when I was a Verizon tech expressed surprise when I expressed surprise that VZ had offered buyouts to anyone who had skills with a certain type of switch. He was a retired Pratt & Whitney engineer who noted to his boss that the small group who designed jet engine ptos (hydraulics, electrical power etc.) were all the same age & nearing retirement.Suggested finding a talented young person to train with them & preserve their experience. Response was" we'll get them to write down everything they know"!! They retired, design work was farmed out to Fiat.That's Boeing.

MarkS said...

We need the equivalent of a carbon tax on MBAs.