Comic 291 - Rapid Unplanned Disassembly

28th May 2015, 12:00 AM
Rapid Unplanned Disassembly
Average Rating: 5 (19 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!
Computant 20th Aug 2016, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Would marshmellows be disrespectful?
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.
Stormwind13 1st Jun 2015, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

True, Sheela; however, Galina is DEFINITELY human and just watched someone 'die' protecting her. She is understandably shocked and saddened by it.

Though, Aloe might just need to be replanted. Through 'seed and tide' Aloe might live on, with a new body. We really don't know, yet, what is all entailed with 'seed and tide'.
Sheela 2nd Jun 2015, 3:25 AM edit delete reply

Actually, Galina is not human either. >_<

But she *is* very empathic.
Stormwind13 2nd Jun 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply

If you go only by biology, Sheela, then you have a case about Galina. If you go by who she is, how she acts... she is human. More so than some that claim to be human (because of biology).
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?
A handsome gentleman 31st May 2015, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
Hats off to sir for that marvelous display of punnery.
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!
Tokyo Rose 30th May 2015, 8:58 PM edit delete reply

I am Groot.
GTerran 30th May 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
WE are Groot!
Sheela 31st May 2015, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

Groot smash!
mjkj 1st Jun 2015, 5:43 AM edit delete reply

Sheela 2nd Jun 2015, 3:26 AM edit delete reply

He he, someone's been on a Buck Godot archive binge, have they ?

My job here is done. :D
Stormwind13 2nd Jun 2015, 7:12 AM edit delete reply

No need to binge for me, Sheela. I've got the books back from when they originally came out. I LOVE Buck Godot and have since the 80's.
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"
cattservant 30th May 2015, 8:36 PM edit delete reply

If there's one malfunctioning Watcher,
there are probably more!

Time to scoop out your shorts later!
Sheela 2nd Jun 2015, 3:27 AM edit delete reply

Scoop it out and fling it at them ?
cattservant 2nd Jun 2015, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

If you got time!
Mark_L_A 31st May 2015, 3:49 AM edit delete reply

Not quite sure Aloe is dead. If the fire is put out and he is taken to whatever the Epiphytes use for Medical facilities, he might be able to survive.

I have seen people take amounts of damage you would THINK should kill them. But nope, they lived.
mjkj 1st Jun 2015, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

...and he could be able to regrow necessary parts...
Sheela 2nd Jun 2015, 3:29 AM edit delete reply

Heh, reminds me of a short story where some aliens sad around a table in a bar and discussed just how incredibly tough humans were.

It was pretty funny, to look at us that way.
"Self-repairing biological war machines, with the universes worst temper once they get hurt" was the title they gave us.
Mark_L_A 2nd Jun 2015, 3:56 AM edit delete reply

Do happen to remember the story title? Or the url? I'd like to read that.
MikeLinPA 2nd Jun 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
I second this.
Sheela 3rd Jun 2015, 7:17 PM edit delete reply

Alas, I cannot remember what the title was, nor who wrote this.

The whole "humans are space-orcs" is a sort of a sub-trope though, so I'm sure there are many other stories out there like it.
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