Ever-increasing deviation from positive control
Delicious deck-view footage of Falcon 9's near-miss: 'the valve controlling the flow propellent and oxidizer to the engine wasn’t moving as fast as it should have, which meant the control impulses from the rocket’s computers couldn’t be acted upon as quickly as they should have been. This situation led to corrective control impulses, which in turn couldn’t be acted upon as quickly as they should have, leading to an ever-increasing deviation from positive control.'
My heart always lifts when Elon Musk makes another attempt at what is fated to succeed, sooner or later. Victory is inevitable. It lifts because, apart from the obvious (slipping the surly bonds of earth through his vehicle and vision), I am watching a mutation of the Moon landing. One day, perhaps five years from now (four?), it'll be Mars.
I am as united with others in the moment of liftoff, as everyone was around their TV sets -- as my kids and I will be around this screen for Mars Colony 1. More fortunate still, we get to liveblog it, or message eachother in real-time about it and share footage like this a little while later.
Via +Ars Technica
, with the quote from this article: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/04/spacex-releases-deck-camera-footage-of-falcon-9-almost-landing/
has already begun the journey to Mars. : ) http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html#.VTVIcFJVZis.google_plusone_share