Sunday, September 11, 2016

Why is Elon Musk asking for "public help" in diagnosing the explosion of his Falcon 9?

This article states that Elon Musk is asking for NASA and public help in determining why his Falcon 9 rocket recently blew up during a refueling operation.  If you have not seen the video, here is the unedited version of it posted to Youtube by Russia Today.  Go ahead and watch the video and you will see that everything seems OK when suddenly the whole thing explodes into a fireball.  Mind you, this is the original video provided to RT by USLaunchReport which claims to employ a lot of disabled vets.

So let’s go back to Musk, who is clearly a very smart man, and ask why he needs the help of the general public to diagnose the explosion.  What does he give the public to do this?  Telemetry?  Data of any kind?  Nope.  He just says he could use help.  Of course, he knows that there is video of the explosion from USLaunchReport and since this incident happened over a week ago you have to be an idiot to believe that he has not reviewed it himself and had his experts review it in addition to telemetry data that we know they have to have which they are not sharing.

So why is Musk nudging the public to go review this video?  That is exactly what he is doing since there is nothing else available for the public and NASA to review.  Well perhaps you know that Youtube support single step viewing.  On my computer, frame by frame viewing control works with the "<"  and ">" keys, not with the "arrow keys" which so many tutorials online suggest to use for this (they bump the vid by 5 seconds instead of frame by frame).

If you do this you will see what Musk wants us to "discover" on our own.  Just keep hitting the greater than key until this flying object comes in from the right. 

The next three single step frames are per below, left to right.  It shows the "bird" rapidly approaching the rocket followed by an explosion.

Despite the growing explosion, the "bird" continues course right over the top of the exploding rocket only to disappear from sight for a couple of frames.