The most disappointing thing about this entire event is the negative and outright absurd posts by some members on this list that obviously have personal agendas.
I totally agree. I'm disgusted by some of the comments, and we'll have a long hard think about trimming this thread back, as I see some comments as distruptive, which is not the style of this site's forum.
The best part about NSF is the exceedingly high signal-to-noise ratio.
Here are some positives to think about:
+ This appears to be the 2nd straight time that SpaceX has flown a 1st stage at least very close to the 1/2 staging event.
+ SpaceX just had a substantially different 1st stage engine get the vehicle at least close to staging. There's got to be at least some working processes over there.
+ The ability to abort a launch without destruction of the vehicle is fairly well demonstrated. Yes, the big boys all do this. Yes, we don't know if whatever killed this launch is related. At least the fundamentals of getting off the pad seem to be working.
+ They just had a 9 engine firing succeed.
+ They have 2 more F1s in the pipeline, they can get more learning in.
+ Even with all the crazy webcast technical issues, they had good sense to say that they had a problem and then sign out. All those glitches expose more things that can be improved. Let's assume that they will fix them.
Here's hoping they fix more things with these expensive lessons, and come back to put launch 4 into a flawless orbit.