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How Many Scientists Does It Take to Launch a Space Balloon?

by Shane McGlaun
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OK, I am no rocket scientist or NASA researcher, but even I know that winds aloft can be much stronger than the winds on the ground. You would think that despite a day being deemed calm on the ground, a group of scientists might check wind speeds aloft in preparation for the launch of a gigantic multi-million dollar space balloon.

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You would think anyway. Apparently, the fact that as soon as the balloon was inflated the winds above the crane launch site were so strong that the balloon was a good distance from directly above the payload would have tipped someone off that there was an accident waiting to happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eab9h-n2yVk

No one in this video seemed concerned until the balloon broke free of the crane holding it and proceeded to drag the payload in a hilarious and destructive path of doom across a parking lot obviously placed too damn close to the launch site. All the scientists are running about undoubtedly screaming like little girls and sh*tting themselves as the payload crashes into a vehicle and flips it over.

Luckily, no one was hurt but the two people who were sitting “feet” from where the car was smashed in frozen horror probably needed new undies. The funniest part of this video to me is that one dude in the background is just sort of walking leisurely and checking the whole thing out while everyone else runs for the hills. I bet the calm guy is the one dude who told them parking there was a bad idea. I bet if you turn up the volume really loud, you could just hear him mutter “see I f’in told you not to park there.”




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Comments (3):

  1. Joseph Miller says:

    We know the wind speeds are different. The decoupler failed, couldn’t have been foreseen, we tested it over and over.

    • Raging Butt Monkey says:

      Murphy’s law – Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Feel for you man. Using a double fail-safe for the decoupler may help next time.

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