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Do the solid rocket boosters of the Shuttle and SLS have a self-destruct system and was it activated during the Challenger disaster?

Videos of the Challenger shuttle explosion show both solid boosters speeding on after the main tank detonated. Were they eventually self-destructed by the ground control, or why not, and why not ...
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Has “Auto-Destruct” shown any impact on launch tempo yet?

The excellent answer to the question Why would autonomous auto-destruct ramp up launch tempo? explains how it significantly reduces the extent of certain activities and responsibilities. In short: ...
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Falcon 9 Range Safety

Does the KSC Range Safety Officer (RSO) have the ability to abort (destruct) the Falcon 9 first stage on its return to launch site? If so, at what point(s) in the trajectory does this ability exist?
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Range safety - is the goal both autonomy and standardization - and would it include the “black box” in the rocket?

This and this answer have addressed various issues related to the new Autonomous Flight Safety System, and the second answer addresses one potential benefit being a reduction in turn-around time for ...
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Why would autonomous auto-destruct ramp up launch tempo?

This thorough answer by @Hobbes links to the item Auto-destruct system seen as a key to ramping up launch tempos. I'd like to understand Why would autonomous auto-destruct ramp up launch tempo? I ...
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Will a computer be allowed to “self-destruct” astronauts (or passengers)?

In the video clip of this interview, captioned: General Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing Commander, talks about the Autonomous Flight Safety System, or AFSS -- a new, automated way of having a ...