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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Could have been sabotage. Even a contractor should have this down pat by now. We are once again in a cold war and we have other players -- China and India.

    Lest you think it's far fetched the Chinese have been caught stealing and copying advanced technology.
    Oh my god stop. It wasn't sabotage. Please don't open a can of crazy in this thread.

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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I think they are a bad company that has benefited from a virtually empty field. They get contracts because the alternative to doing business with Orbital Sciences was ULA and for decades that was pretty much it. In the past few years they've lost nearly a billion dollars worth of satellites and their rockets and capsule are pretty crappy. It's more expensive to launch an Antares that can carry less cargo than a Falcon-9 or an Atlas V, and the Cygnus burns up on re-entry. They haven't done anything innovative since their Pegasus rockets, they got into COTS pretty much exclusively because they are a legacy player. We lose money and invest in bad technology when we give Orbital contracts and I think it's time to move on.
    Just another example of how private industry always gets it done completely, efficiently, cost effectively and profitably whereas government can never do anything right.....

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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Could have been sabotage. Even a contractor should have this down pat by now. We are once again in a cold war and we have other players -- China and India.

    Lest you think it's far fetched the Chinese have been caught stealing and copying advanced technology.
    No, it wasn't.

    Orbital has some problems with its VA based rocket folks working on this one.

    The Phoenix based ones working on Minotaur are doing fine. Problem with this is, 40+ year old Soviet engines.
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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    Just another example of how private industry always gets it done completely, efficiently, cost effectively and profitably whereas government can never do anything right.....
    Actually, SpaceX is kicking major ass with the Falcon 9, every flight has been good, and the heavy lifter is coming soon, and the Falcon 9 should be man rated for human crews in about a year or so.
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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I think they are a bad company that has benefited from a virtually empty field. They get contracts because the alternative to doing business with Orbital Sciences was ULA and for decades that was pretty much it. In the past few years they've lost nearly a billion dollars worth of satellites and their rockets and capsule are pretty crappy. It's more expensive to launch an Antares that can carry less cargo than a Falcon-9 or an Atlas V, and the Cygnus burns up on re-entry. They haven't done anything innovative since their Pegasus rockets, they got into COTS pretty much exclusively because they are a legacy player. We lose money and invest in bad technology when we give Orbital contracts and I think it's time to move on.
    Not an empty field. They beat out Kestrel for the ISS launches. There are plenty of other companies out there, including Sea Launch, and Sierra Nevada, and a few others that aren't as far along.

    Orbital has other rockets that are proven and will do the job. Remember, SpaceX blew up its first 3 launches.
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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    NASA and all of rocket science (at least those that plan launches from the ground) are stupid. They could easily tow a rocket up in a balloon and launch it in the stratosphere....

    Most fuel is wasted defying gravity..... Imagine how much further we could go (or how less expensive) a mission would be if we didn't have to defy gravity.
    Last edited by Mr.Nick; 10-29-14 at 05:07 AM.

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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Another Obama failure!
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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Another Obama failure!
    He has so many how can you count them all?
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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Another Obama failure!
    Well Obama basically defunded NASA...

    I bet the private sector puts a man on Mars before our government does.

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    Re: Orbital Sciences rocket explodes moments after launch

    I bet Obama purposely blew up the rocket to distract us from Benghazi.
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