Re: dooooooh!

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Sat Jul 08 2000 - 10:30:40 MDT

On Fri, 7 Jul 2000, Spike Jones wrote:

> Spike Jones wrote:
> CNN is saying the intercept was a miss, due to separation
> failure from the booster. }8-[ dammit. spike

Don't feel so bad, Spike...

I looked around some, and found a short history of the Atlas test program
at the Federation of American Scientists:

It is narrative, so I had to do some counting on the fingers. Of the first
first *36* (and there were even more tests later) Atlas test flights, 13
"failed to meet test objectives". Two of the first 3 flights ended in
fireballs. They didn't even *try* a full range test of the complete
system (warhead and all) until the *21st* flight. The first 3 complete
system tests exploded within 3 minutes of launch.

lists later test flights. They include, in late 1962, a series of *6*
consecutive failures *after the missile had been operationally deployed*.

Yet this same missile was our first "invincible weapon", deactivated only
because it did not use storable propellants, carried 5 Mercury astronauts
to orbit, and descendants of which are to this day carrying satellites
into orbit.

And we are moaning after 3 tests. Get a grip... As I said before, only
after as many test flights as it took to develope ICBMs to begin with
would I be willing to declare defense a success *or* a failure.

"Failure is not an option"...damn right, it's a *requirement* if you are
trying to do something truly new. Seems people are forgetting this more
and more these days. Sigh...


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