Rapid unscheduled disassembly
November 23, 2023
SpaceX achieved another space milestone this week launching its second 400-foot rocket spaceward with the goal of ferrying passengers to the moon and beyond by 2024. Just 10 minutes into the flight, however, the booster separated from the main rocket and each section exploded, something many have wryly termed a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.” A cause for disappointment? Of course, everyone would have preferred a flawless outcome, but project managers and engineers declared the flight a tremendous success because of the amount of data gathered that will help modify and improve future...