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2:51 AM
"Varda's founders identified pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and fiber optic manufacturing as the products that could most benefit from in-space manufacturing" - I could never understand why in 40 years they still did not find anything commercially beneficial to do in orbit. Where are the hopes for ISS to advance progress?
 
 
18 hours later…
8:55 PM
wow so
they didn't have real-time altimeter data. They thought they were at 100m when they hit
lucky ducks
 
9:10 PM
I don't think I agree that it's a success. It's valuable lessons, I guess, but also lessons they shouldn't have had to learn. I assume they'll fly again, so I guess we'll see if they learn them
 
9:37 PM
@ErinAnne That would explain why it still had lateral velocity, if they were supposed to kill that before landing
impressive that it survived mostly intact
 
 
2 hours later…
11:16 PM
yeah that's my take too
which...I admit, despite my having friends working there, I have an anti-Intuitive Machines bias. I have my reasons, I don't need to get into them, I'm surprised they delivered on this one at all
but given what they knew, which is that they were going to be dead-reckoning their way down from 15km, I am astonished they they apparently waited til after 100m-probable-altitude to null their lateral
I really want to know more of the story there. It could absolutely be as basic a mistake as that, and I almost wouldn't be surprised because it sounds like they had their team in crunch for the whole mission and frankly that's a bad thing
you're not supposed to have to deliver miracles for the basic shit during flight, that's all supposed to be covered in prep
but when you're exhausted maybe "well, we'll integrate from our last measurement and just fly the nominal trajectory" which involves nulling late makes sense
I really really think that their error bars would've made that obviously a bad idea and they should've nulled horizontal (and kept it there) much higher
some of that is also the benefit of hindsight of course. but I know one of my own personal limitations is also saying "oh that sounds too hard" instead of trying and failing at something like landing on the moon
 

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