Monday, August 04, 2008

SpaceX launch 3 failure

I watched the YouTube video, which shows launch through 6:16 indicated (T+2:11). Two comments:
  • Can we please get a heater on the on-rocket camera lens cover? It's hard to see much through the condensation.
  • It looks like the rocket has a 5 second roll oscillation that starts as soon as they go supersonic. I don't know if this is fuel slosh, like on the second stage of the last launch, but it doesn't look like other rocket launches to me. Any kind of wobble before seperation could cause the first stage to ding the second stage, as happened on the last launch.
I really hope their next attempt goes better. This launch wasn't obviously progress.