Blog: Graeme RobertsElon's SpaceX ship goes boom

Graeme Roberts | 29 June 2015

Given the attention Tesla EVs attract, it's easy to forget entrepreneur and founder Elon Musk has fingers in other pies - notably operating space ships. Which can be a bit risky.

At the weekend, a shipment of international space station supplies went boom a few minutes after launch. The LA Times coverage - including Musk's matter of fact comment - is entertaining, not least for putting in context that failure, though not an option, does happen and not just to SpaceX rockets.

As one who grew up at the peak of US v Russia space activity, I recall many failures - Apollo 1 notably - amongst the successes and the near misses like Apollo 13. As for Russia's failures, in that era we never heard of them.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-nasa-spacex-launch-20150628-story.html

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