Okay, clickbait title, you got me. Firefly Aerospace’s maiden launch of this rocket didn’t turn out so well, unfortunately. Here’s the explanation and analysis by Scott Manley — and if you like anything even remotely space-related, you need to be subscribed to him.
Earlier, I described to you the new direction we’re taking this little project, and this is part of it. It is often said that “space is hard,” but as is often the case, the truth of the matter depends on how one defines terms. Sailing the black is indeed prohibitively difficult, but where most would distribute that difficulty disproportionately in favor of governments and corporations, I would spread it out more evenly. Space is hard, not to the point of impossibility, but to the degree that doing something amazing requires concerted effort and perseverance.
There have been a lot of people and teams in recent years showing just that sort of dogged determination, folks who don’t get a great deal of attention in the media, despite the fact that they are absolutely doing the impossible (and that makes them mighty). These are stories that need to be told — and stories that we all need to hear right now.
One such unsung hero are the men and women of Firefly Aerospace in Austin, Texas, USA, whose curious history mirrors that of its sci-fi-western namesake — both for good and for ill.
We find it all manner of ironic that this commercial from Siemens aired during the Science Channel’s Firefly marathon this past weekend. The spot talks about how Siemens software allows SpaceX to construct and test rockets like the Falcon 9 virtually before they build them physically, which increases both safety and productivity. And of course the ad features the Dragon capsule, that same one that will carry astronauts into space in just two years’ time. The same one that will someday be called Serenity…