SpaceX Makes It

NASA Watch has the on-board video. The first-stage separation still looked rough to me but they got away with it.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Sweat

Mr. X at Chair Force Engineer thinks the fallout of Russia’s Georgian adventure will create more business opportunities for SpaceX. Maybe so, but I’d rather keep the Shuttle going too. On-orbit repair and capture-and-return are capabilities we’re going to miss when they’re gone.

Bump in the Night

SpaceX’s third attempt to launch its Falcon 1 booster was brought down by the same kind of separation failure as its second. A pretty basic hurdle not met. My prior point/concern about peer review stands. There’s a little too much groupthink going on there, I think. Nonetheless, here’s hoping they have a clean flight 4.