RIP Philo

Hey boss, remember those bolts you asked me to remove?

" as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally."

What does nominally mean in that context?
Permalink C 
January 8th, 2018 9:25pm
The only thing it can mean is that the rocket worked right, and the fault was in the satellite itself.

Perhaps a steering jet got out of control and pushed it into the atmosphere.  Or maybe those pesky Amish got to it.
Permalink Legion 
January 8th, 2018 10:20pm
It's a stealth satellite :)
Permalink Trog 
January 9th, 2018 12:48am
Given the nature of the mission, there's no way to know if this is remotely true.
Permalink Zaq 
January 9th, 2018 6:39am
Anyone (nation) with space-tracking radar would know. But would they say anything? Probably not.
Permalink Send private email xampl9 
January 9th, 2018 6:52am
What is space tracking radar?
Permalink C 
January 9th, 2018 7:22am
Interesting observations and analysis:
Permalink Zaq 
January 9th, 2018 9:37am
Radar aimed UP.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
January 9th, 2018 12:59pm
Nominally, in an engineering context only, means everything was fine and went according to plan.

It's odd that engineering uses that term that way since it means something different in every other context.

Just because the government says they lost their secret spy satellite doesn't mean they really did.
Permalink Reality Check 
January 9th, 2018 2:41pm
Shh.  Whatever DID happen (or not happen) it's a secret.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
January 9th, 2018 2:43pm

Reminds me of inflammable vs. flammable.
Permalink Rafael Sabatini 
January 10th, 2018 5:50am

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