This is not my normal posting day, nor will this be a normal post.
Last night Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and the Cygnus cargo spacecraft exploded just after launch from Wallops Flight Facility.
No one was killed or injured, thank God. But it was a huge loss none-the-less.
As a member of the aerospace community my heart goes out to everyone who worked countless hours and gave blood, sweat, and tears to that project. Whether they worked on the payload, the rocket itself, or the launch, trust me when I say they worked their tails off.
You will be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, more passionate group of people than those who work in aerospace. It is not a job for the faint of heart though. One mistake can cost millions of dollars or even lives.
So riddle me this… Why in the heck can’t mainstream media devote as much time to the launches that go right as they do to the ONE that doesn’t? Grrrr. I know tragedy sells more than success, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.