ABORT! Embarrassment as historic launch of first private mission into space is cancelled just a SECOND before lift-off
A private space cargo firm's historic launch to the International Space Station descended into chaos this morning when the mission was abandoned just one second before lift-off.
Embarrassment ?? How many of you can even repair a car properly ? If it weren't for innovators like them we would still be pushing carts.. Its disappointment but certainly not Embarrassment
- Arul, India, 19/5/2012 10:55
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This is not embarrassment. Aborted takeoff's are routine and expected, just look at Nasa's Shuttle history... It isn't just a case of lighting a fuse and watching it go. It would have been much worse if it had exploded on take off.
- Jonathan, Suffolk, 19/5/2012 10:51
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Embarrassment? Descended into chaos this morning? Nonsense! The on-board computer detected a potential problem, and correctly aborted the launch. The launch team then calmly and professionally followed procedures to safe the launch vehicle. All launches to the ISS have a very short launch window.
- Alfred, UK, 19/5/2012 11:08
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What a miserable, grumpy headline! This is a Space X test flight - they and NASA have told us this. Better systems cut out than the whole thing go wrong in flight. Come on DM - you should be cheering private enterprise on! I applaud Space X's dreams and wish them luck.
- Clive, Reigate UK, 19/5/2012 11:28
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steam !!! don't you mean liquid oxygen venting as on all rockets of this type ??
- derek, doncaster, 19/5/2012 10:30
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End this EU madness NOW.
- Big Bertha, Bromley, 19/5/2012 11:36
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