stuff that’s hard to do (it happens)


TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the US claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program.

“Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path it did not reach the required speed for being put in the orbit,” Defense Ministry space program spokesman Ahmad Hosseini told state TV. [Story]

(What? Flat-Earth model? *heh*)

Atlas 5 Solar Orbiter launch hours ago, just to rub it in

Claire’s comment

Japan rubs it in, too


  1. MikeAZ
    Posted February 10, 2020 at 7:18 am |

    Imagine being a rocket scientist for the Ayatollah. What do you suppose your career path looks like right about now?

    Launch a rocket. Rocket fails. Scientist scratches head, makes adjustment to rocket/satellite/launch program, tries again. Rocket fails again. Scientist scratches head again, makes adjustment to rocket/satellite/launch program again, tries yet again. D*mn rocket fails again. Ayatollah scratches scientist’s head, brings in next scientist who now has incentive to get the next launch right.

    Streetsweepers in Tehran have a longer life expectancy right now.

  2. DougM (just entertainin' myself in this here sandbox)
    Posted February 10, 2020 at 11:22 am |

    Mike ^
    Yeah, perhaps, but their real goal is to build ICBMs…
    which this ‘failure’ arguably was

    Historically, that’s what the Sputnik shock was all about, too

    Then again:

  3. mech
    Posted February 10, 2020 at 2:22 pm |

    Conical shroud is more aerodynamic than the turban model, regardless what the Ayatollah says.

  4. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted February 10, 2020 at 8:48 pm |

    They launched a mission to the Sun — At. Night.


  5. DougM (just entertainin' myself in this here sandbox)
    Posted February 11, 2020 at 11:24 am |

    ^ Daaammmmmiiiiiittttt!!!!!!!!!
    Okay, you get a gold star for that’n