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Thread: Rocket Detonates on the Sea Launch Platform

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    Post Rocket Detonates on the Sea Launch Platform

    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. ...

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    We really need to find a better way than rockets. Anything new from the alternative launch methods? Rail guns, space elevator, etc?

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    Lucky it was insured.

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    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

    Doug

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    I thought detonation and ignition were interchangeable?

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    I just ignited the gas hob in the kitchen...it didn't detonate. There is a distinct difference in the definitions. Honestly.

    Doug

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