View Full Version : Rocket Detonates on the Sea Launch Platform

2007-Feb-01, 01:51 AM
A Zenit-3SL rocket carrying a Dutch communications satellite detonated on the Sea Launch platform on Tuesday, completely destroying the rocket, its satellite payload, and causing damage to the launch platform. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/01/31/rocket-detonates-on-the-sea-launch-platform/)

John Mendenhall
2007-Feb-01, 03:55 PM
We really need to find a better way than rockets. Anything new from the alternative launch methods? Rail guns, space elevator, etc?

2007-Feb-02, 12:03 PM
Lucky it was insured.

2007-Feb-02, 10:59 PM
Technically not a detonation. A detonation produces a shockwave. This didn't - it was a rapid combustion ( the same as the Challenger 'explosion' )

A geeky detail - but hey :)


Dragon Star
2007-Feb-02, 11:01 PM
I thought detonation and ignition were interchangeable? :think:

2007-Feb-03, 09:29 AM
I just ignited the gas hob in the kitchen...it didn't detonate. There is a distinct difference in the definitions. Honestly.