Today's roundup

An update on the cause of the Morpheus Lander crash.

The root cause is still under investigation, but what we do know is that at the start of ascent we lost data from the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that supplies navigation updates to the flight computer. Without this measurement the vehicle is blind and does not know which way it is pointing or accelerating. Since this data is needed to maintain stable flight, the vehicle could not determine which way was up and began to tumble and impacted the ground about 50 feet from the launch site. No one was injured, no property was damaged besides the vehicle and we have been able to recover significant data, which will give us greater insight into the source of the problem.

Reasonable enough cause. I’m very glad no one was hurt.

The Houston Chronicle brings some welcome news on budgets.

…the legislation would restructure NASA’s management and funding to make it more professional than political, advocates say. They envision creating a management style more like the FBI, in which the president appoints the director to a 10-year term.

Under the proposal, NASA’s budget would be developed with less input from the president’s Office of Management and Budget. This independence would allow NASA to plan contracts across multiple years and use a process known as multi-year procurement, which saves money, allowing it to do more with less.

If we can keep the Congressional line items out of that budget, that would be wonderful.

And finally, a bit of humor for XBrad.

Have a great day.

3 thoughts on “Today's roundup”

  1. I say we return to the NACA format, when the organization did basic R&D to the benefit of the aerospace industry, instead of designing aircraft & projects itself.

  2. No, no, NO!

    GruntWorks screwed the pooch! You cannot have the creation of the
    Wubbie with no one waiting to use it:

    “And upon the dawning of Eighth Day, God surveyed all that had been
    created and its inherent goodness and pondered what evil may lurk to
    destroy all that is good. The voice of the Lord could be heard, asking,
    ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’

    And no one answered.

    Therefore he created the Infantryman, who would stand to and protect
    all that was rightous. When wickedness and evil did rise up, the Infantry
    marshalled and marched forth to slay all that would destroy goodness.

    The Infantry would also spread God’s love, by helping those in need in
    foreign lands with mercy, comfort and succor. Bringing tyrants and their
    minions to God’s judgement, the Infantryman was a Peacemaker, and
    blessed so for his deeds.

    While a fallen creature, prone to all the faults of man, being made from
    man, the Infantryman still lives with duty, honor, integrity, sacrifice and
    fidelity, policing their own wickedness with justice. God saw all of this,
    and it was good. In the Infantryman, God also saw fit to instill within the
    heart of the Infantryman a love of peace, and the desire to protect it above
    all else.

    Now, when wickedness and evil raise high to destroy the innocent and
    all that is good, the voice of the Lord could be heard, asking, ‘Whom shall
    I send? And who will go for us?’

    The American Soldier stands at attention and presents arms and says,

    ‘Here I am, Sir. Send me!’ he then turns to his fellows and cries ‘Follow me!’

    The Lord then indeed rested, as he knew then the evil and wicked would
    soon be brought to his judgement.

    God saw all of this, and it was good.”

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