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Comic 294 - Rapid Unplanned Disassembly

28th May 2015, 12:00 AM
Rapid Unplanned Disassembly
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 28th May 2015, 12:00 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
I shit you not, rocket engineers will, in fact, call an explosion a "rapid unplanned/unscheduled disassembly". Elon Musk used the term to describe what happened during one of the Falcon 9 test landings.

It might say everything you really need to know about rocketry that the people involved in it decided to invent a nice euphemism for "it blew up".
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plymayer 28th May 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

Like a campfire.
Haegan2005 28th May 2015, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

Well done ladies!
Centcomm 29th May 2015, 3:16 AM edit delete reply

Thank you!
jamie59 28th May 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

I'm an auto mechanic. A good cussing is good for machinery. The idiots who never change their oil well.....
Thor 28th May 2015, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Aloe and goodbye.
Lukkai 28th May 2015, 11:16 PM edit delete reply

That one was terrible. XD

You deserve punishment for that.

Wait here, while we're pundering what it should be. Enjoy the punorama while you still can.
Fairportfan 28th May 2015, 2:06 AM edit delete reply

It might say everything you really need to know about rocketry that the people involved in it decided to invent a nice euphemism for "it blew up".

Manymany years ago (like 1960), there was a book called (something like) "The Rocket Amateur's Handbook", by a guy named Bertrand Brinley, who had worked at White Sands on Real Rockets.

It would probably be illegal to publish today - it had plans for a rocket designed to hit twenty mile altitudes that anyone with a decent machine shop could build.

In the "Range Safety" part of the book, Brinley said something that has stuck with me ever since:

Never forget that a rocket is a bomb with a hole in one end.
DLKmusic 28th May 2015, 2:59 AM edit delete reply

(Grumble Grumble so much for George RR Martin grumble grumble) YOU KILLED ALOE!!!!
Sheela 28th May 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply

Seed and Tide, my friend, Seed And Tide.
Do'nt forget, they are not human.
mjkj 28th May 2015, 5:28 AM edit delete reply


*hugs and comforts Gali*

Matt Knab 28th May 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

Ah, it's going to be THAT kind of adventure. It's like Game of Thrones, but with SPACE. XD
anonymous coward 28th May 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Dunno about that, we only met Aloe not very long ago. Probably just didn't have enough plot armour points to level up from red shirt.
Sheela 28th May 2015, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

Actually, he was a greenshirt, he never levelled up to red-shirt to begin with.

Besides, he had a name, that sort of thing ususally add a lot of plot armor.
Lukkai 28th May 2015, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

Not if it's a speaking role and the character has never been seen before on the show.
DLKmusic 29th May 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

@Matt Knob. Don't you mean "Game of Thorns"? based on the novel "a song of Fir and Pines" by George R.R. Marwood?
Hornet 28th May 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Aloe's a plant, take a clipping give it some fertilizer and water, They will be as good as new.
highlander55 28th May 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply

I am Groot!
chk 28th May 2015, 10:47 AM edit delete reply

All I can think to say is Wow!
jas 28th May 2015, 11:12 AM edit delete reply

I work in I.T. and percussive maintenance is always a good skill to have!

I'm sorry to see Aloe die, though. He was an interesting character. At least his death wasn't in vain.
alexander hollins 28th May 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
you mean in vine?
jas 29th May 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

Indeed! "In vine." XD
DizzasterJuice 28th May 2015, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

It smelled like... stir fried veggies. Mmmm!
StellarJay 28th May 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

Oh, Aloe, we hardly knew ye.
Lukkai 28th May 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply

Don't think Gali will be using any expressions like "knock on wood" for a while.
Boren 30th May 2015, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
During my time working as aircraft maintenance we were once discussing an indecent where a pilot attempted to land the plane with the breaks on. The description used was "wore the tires right down to the air"
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