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Space Shuttle launch aborts. Approximately six minutes of on-pad post-ignition pre-liftoff aborts in a single YouTube link.
posted by loquacious (31 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Those are certainly much more favorable outcomes that previous attempts.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:56 PM on June 8, 2009


This comment is a placeholder for the completely offensive joke I desperately want to make but know better than to actually post.
posted by GuyZero at 2:01 PM on June 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


The next time I fart loudly I am going to tell my wife it was actually a launch aborted by my onboard computer.
posted by srboisvert at 2:02 PM on June 8, 2009 [3 favorites]


I've got spacefaring blue balls now.
posted by Joe Beese at 2:07 PM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Here's a longer video of early US rocket failures, and here's a compilation of various latter day unmanned rocket explosions (warning: Europe!)
(not meaning to derail with fail, however).
posted by Burhanistan at 2:07 PM on June 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


That was far more sexualized than it should have been.
posted by Malice at 2:12 PM on June 8, 2009


I'm pro-life when it comes to shuttle launches.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:13 PM on June 8, 2009


I'm not sure if I should take it as a sign of what little maturity I may or may not now have or my complete and utter nerdosity that I never even thought of any of the entendres you dorks are proposing - until now. You bastards. Thanks. But then I've never had that problem, so whatever.

I was just too engrossed in the techno-babble and... giant hardware. I mean, look at that huge stack just... swaying in the breeze. All fired up and nowhere to go, spraying foamy cryofuel everywhere. "Safe mode" indeed.

This one time at space camp....
posted by loquacious at 2:14 PM on June 8, 2009 [5 favorites]


From the 'please hand me the spare set of pants' department...
posted by DreamerFi at 2:17 PM on June 8, 2009


This is the kind of video you loop in the waiting room of an ED clinic.
posted by bicyclefish at 2:18 PM on June 8, 2009


I'm still utterly amazed that we (humans) can build machines like the Shuttle that hurl some of us into space. I still get goosebumps in watching Shuttle blast-offs and landings.
posted by ericb at 2:18 PM on June 8, 2009 [3 favorites]


Us pro-Lifter's believe that Liftoff occurs at ignition.
posted by wcfields at 2:19 PM on June 8, 2009 [22 favorites]




That was pretty cool. Especially the excited discussion about whether or not one engine was still running. I've read about that event before, but it's not quite the same as hearing it unfold at actual speed. (Turns out it showed "not shut down" because it never actually started.)
posted by FishBike at 2:35 PM on June 8, 2009


STS-41D Discovery - June 25, 1984, a "variety of technical problems", culminating in rollback to the VAB to replace a main engine. Launch occurred on August 30.

STS-51F Challenger (Not in video) - July 12, 1985. Malfunction of SSME #2 coolant valve. Launch occurred July 29.

STS-55 Columbia - March 22, 1993. Leak in the liquid oxygen preburner check valve in SSME #3. Launch occurred on April 26.

STS-51 Discovery - August 12, 1993. A faulty fuel flow sensors in an SSME. Launch occurred on September 13.

STS-68 Endeavour - August 18, 1994. Discharge temperature on SSME #3 High Pressure Oxidizer Turbopump (HPOT) exceeded its redline (about 1100°F). Launch occurred September 30.

STS-93 Columbia - July 20, 1999. A member of the launch team detected a spike in one of the sensors detecting the concentration of hydrogen in the shuttle aft engine compartment. Launch occurred July 23.
posted by Plutor at 2:46 PM on June 8, 2009 [4 favorites]


wow, Plutor...thanks.
posted by dawson at 3:00 PM on June 8, 2009


You can't forget the classic montage from The Right Stuff. Stay tuned for the last two seconds--funniest scene ever.
posted by litterateur at 3:22 PM on June 8, 2009


You can't forget the classic montage from The Right Stuff.

First comment upthread.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:25 PM on June 8, 2009


Many apologies. I didn't recognize it right off.
posted by litterateur at 3:29 PM on June 8, 2009


Thanks, Plutor. It's just amazing to me how much can go wrong at the absolute last second.
posted by The Bellman at 3:37 PM on June 8, 2009


Also, upon reading the text of the STS-41D chatter, there is something called the "Redundant Sequence Launch Sequencer". Tell me the engineer who named that had no sense of humor.
posted by The Bellman at 3:40 PM on June 8, 2009 [5 favorites]


I'm guessing that dude worked at the Office off Redundancy Office at NASA.
posted by jamstigator at 4:01 PM on June 8, 2009


STS-51 Discovery - August 12, 1993. A faulty fuel flow sensors in an SSME. Launch occurred on September 13.

This is the shuttle I drove out from Orlando twice to try to watch launch. I really wish I could have witnessed it.
posted by Durin's Bane at 4:40 PM on June 8, 2009


The linked video is a bit of an anti-climax...
posted by davejay at 4:43 PM on June 8, 2009


Pshaw. Every high school kid knows you have to pump the engine on a cold day.
posted by digsrus at 5:12 PM on June 8, 2009


OBAMA HATES BABIES SO MUCH HE EVEN ABORTS SPACE SHUTTLE
posted by klangklangston at 5:34 PM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Pshaw. Every high school kid knows you have to pump the engine on a cold day.

I don't know, this is Florida, and their sex ed classes might not have been so comprehensive.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:35 PM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Rockets are phallic.

Now, can we PLEASE, as a culture, move on?
posted by specialagentwebb at 8:18 PM on June 8, 2009


I'm just gonna come right out and say it. A vulvic rocket just wouldn't fly very well.

[NOT PHALLOCENTRIC]
posted by Pollomacho at 9:15 PM on June 8, 2009


I'm just gonna come right out and say it. A vulvic rocket just wouldn't fly very well.

Yes, but the Enterprise certainly is not without its O'Keefesque female reproductive resemblance.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:23 PM on June 8, 2009


I always thought flying saucers represented the feminine side of the equation.
posted by rokusan at 1:13 AM on June 9, 2009


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