SpaceX aborted the launch of its Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket earlier this morning due to technical difficulties–which thankfully did not involve a guy in a boat. Engineers believed that a problem involving the rocket’s thrust vector actuators would cause an automatic abort during launch, and so the mission has been rescheduled for January 9 at 5:09 a.m. EST.
Current forecasts show an 80% chance of favorable weather if conditions remain the same.
If SpaceX accomplishes its goal, the GPS-customized Falcon 9 rocket will very precisely land on a platform in the Atlantic. In the future, reusable rockets like these could reduce the cost of space travel substantially.
Elon Musk lied about the Falcon 9 Rocket’s chances of success!
Our previous article on the launch indicated that Elon Musk had estimated that the mission had about a 50/50 chance of succeeding. During a Reddit interview last night, he admitted that he had “pretty much just made that up.” He went on to say that he really had no idea at all what the Falcon 9’s chances are, and also added a smiley face. Maybe he was drunk? That guy. Actually, Musk was the one who suggested that reusable rockets would cut the cost of space travel by a factor of 100. Maybe he was just making it up!
During the same interview, he answered questions about the Mars Colonial Transporter, which is a system designed to ferry large payloads–including humans–to Mars and back. He acknowledged that he hopes to have plans for that system, along with what he believes will be aesthetically-designed spacesuits, presented by the end of 2015.
For those of you interested in pointless details that have nothing to do with Dragon spacecraft or Falcon 9 rockets, Elon Musk has assured us all that he obtains just six hours of sleep each night and even less before stressful launches. Medical recommendations that we each obtain at least eight hours of sleep may prevent us from becoming tech-savvy billionaires.
Anyway, you still have time to plan an early morning viewing party for the next launch attempt. For those of you living near Cape Canaveral: Will you be watching the Falcon 9 rocket on Friday morning? For everyone else: Is Elon Musk trustworthy, or does he promise too much while delivering too little? Should we fact-check everything he says?