Questions tagged [failure]

Questions regarding missions or parts of missions which were not successful.

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What entails “Avionics” on the Antares Rocket?

In today's crash, seen below, there was a control operator who stated, right as the rocket blew up, "Avionics Power nominal". What does that mean exactly? Was he referring to the rocket power, power ...
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What would happen if the SPS did not fire on Apollo 8?

I have been watching From the Earth to the Moon, and just saw Part 4 which dramatised the Apollo 8 mission. During Apollo 8 the crew placed themselves in orbit around the moon, for one day, and then ...
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Why don't unmanned launch vehicles include launch escape system for payload?

Mention of Launch Escape System (LES) brings to mind images of the crew on board a spacecraft ejecting at launch; the crew being the most valuable cargo on board. Launch vehicles may also be unmanned,...
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Are there any significant differences in launch failure rates between different agencies/countries?

NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, and others, all have somewhat different cultures and attitudes when it comes to building and launching spacecraft. I don't have a source, but one anecdote I heard from someone ...

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