(You watch, they'll find a faulty valve now I've said that! )
Engine pressure anomaly traced to turbopump valve.
So what does it mean when the valve fails on the engine which was tested many times and performed flawlessly?Is it a quality control issue? Or the engine shutdown (during tests) is too much a stress itself and can damage various components?
They have only one vital pipe, not 2 parallel pipes and valves?Wow! Is this the common practice in rocket engines?We always had all important pipelines doubled in oil/chemical industry.
So what does it mean when the valve fails on the engine which was tested many times and performed flawlessly?
Thanks Antares for the explanation on margin. Sadly I expect you (and others) will be answering the exact same question in three days, because that's what's been happening here for months now. FAQ #1: why the instantaneous / 1sec launch window? Shuttle, cross range, Soyuz, over and over and over.Also, can you guys who are arguing about the statistics just agree to disagree and stop cluttering this update thread, especially as many of us are checking this thread (and L2) frequently throughout the weekend to see what SpaceX finds out and decides?
Aerospace engineers build munitions. Everyone else builds targets It's easy when you can use 4x factors of safety.
What's really scary is that if this malfunction occurred only a few seconds later the entire mission would have failed.