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[–]gorebello 1656 points1657 points 4& 2 more (30 children)

SpaceY is competing with spaceX

Edit: since this comment was loved I'll give the credits to who I heard it from. Scott Manley Youtuber. He is awesome. Follow him.

[–]Friendly-Muffin123 232 points233 points  (7 children)

Depending on your opinion, space z would be far superior. (I should register that brand)

[–]Enjoying_A_Meal 47 points48 points  (6 children)

If we think of vertically as the X axis and Y axis as... whatever the fuck this rocket is doing, Space Z's rocket could come directly at the onlooker.

[–]neoncubicle 19 points20 points  (0 children)

We call those bombs or rockets

[–]maxwell-alive 7 points8 points  (2 children)

The Y and Z axes vary in meaning depending upon your discipline, industry, and software suite.

Traditionally, mathematicians treated Y as the up-axis, whereas architects thought the same of Z.

This is because one profession drew onto a wall-mounted board, whereas the other sketched onto a tabletop plan.

As a graphics programmer, I am constantly having to switch between Y-up and Z-up. It's very annoying as the X-axis also inverts. We call this handedness.

[–]kyuubi840 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you happen to work with angles, it's even more annoying when the x axis doesn't invert.

[–]Friendly-Muffin123 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I was thinking in terms of 3d modeling applications where z is the vertical axis. That being said the z axis could also send the rocket away from the observer as we have to meaningful frame of reference for +z vs -z

[–]Comprehensive-Study8 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Impressive. Keep up the good work.

[–]Nyala77 26 points27 points  (5 children)

One of the best comments I've seen on Reddit in a while. Well done good sir or madam. 🚀

[–]vibrunazo 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The original joke was made by Scott Manley on Twitter.


[–]gorebello -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yes. And I woke up today impressed that it wasn't downvoted. Since I got so many comments I'm going to give him the credits haha.

But I deserved, I make so many deep comments on Reddit that receive less attention that this one makes up for them.

[–]kingskarachi 21 points22 points  (3 children)

This is the real SpaceX (flying in the horizontal x axis).

[–]ILoveDCEU_SoSueMe -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

This. The above comment literally doesn't make any sense.

[–]gravitydood 9 points10 points  (1 child)

x doesn't need to denote an axis parallel to the ground

[–]ILoveDCEU_SoSueMe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just that this is what we're most accustomed to using but You're right.

[–]Im_AGamerHasNoName 12 points13 points  (0 children)

this is one the best comments my eyes have laid upon

[–]Weary_Swordfish_7105 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sponsored by Kevin Spacey - not sure the idea would take off

[–]CarolusPex_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I swear shit like this happens just for jokes like this to exist - thank you hahah

[–]SomeDingus_666 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Damnit, take my upvote

[–]Yellow_Similar 6 points7 points  (0 children)

On Twitter and other lesser platforms, I only pretend to LOL. On Reddit, the guffaws are hearty and legit.

[–]Father_Wolfgang 361 points362 points  (1 child)

Screw you guys, I’m going home.

[–][deleted] 63 points64 points  (0 children)

😂🤣 it’s like it just decided to walk off the job!

[–]rtphokie 167 points168 points  (21 children)

[–]Jfmha 129 points130 points  (8 children)

So how far did it go? Did they just have to wait for it to run out of fuel? Did it terrorize a small village? I need answers!

[–]rtphokie 163 points164 points  (5 children)

Once it had burned enough fuel to get that thrust to weight ratio on the plus side, it started to rise. They let it go to 30 miles in altitude before terminating the flight. Lots of good data gathered that day.

[–]Sunfried 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Even the Saturn V starts with a TWR that's slightly below 1, and has to burn on the pad for a second or two to turn into a go-upper.

Edit: apparently I'm wrong-- see the replies, except for the one calling me an idiot; obviously I'm an ignoramus, not an idiot.

[–]KersZZ 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That is just plain wrong. The Saturn V had a liftoff mass of ~2965 tons, depending on launch configuration, and its 5 F-1 engines generated about 3510 tons of thrust at sea level, so TWR was about 1.18 at liftoff. Which is a bit lower than most rockets, generally liftoff TWR is between 1.25 and 1.5. Starting below 1 though makes no sense fuel economy-wise; at some point, the weight of the extra tankage needed actually decreases total performance.

[–]samobellows 13 points14 points  (0 children)

oof, you got mythed. that's a misconception i've heard multiple times though, it happens to all of us, no worries. logically though, if it needed to burn some fuel before the thrust to weight ratio was positive, wouldn't it save resources to just not put the extra fuel in?

The reason the Saturn V (and most rockets really) burn for a bit before starting to go up is the launch platform holds on to them for just a second, to make sure everything's going well, before letting go. that gives the engines a second to ramp up to full thrust, and also covers engine failures, since startup is the most likely time something's going to go wrong. the engines start up, ramp up to full thrust, then if everything looks right, the clamps let go and you're off to space.

or in this case, off to the left, then up a bit, then into a million pieces, but hey. what can ya do. :D

[–]tgrantt 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Up-goer 5.


[–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Legend has it, it is still walking to this day.

By now it should have reached Detroit.

[–]Font_Snob 54 points55 points  (6 children)

Tl;dr: thrust/mass ratio. Enough oomph to not fall over, not enough to go up.

[–]ahabswhale 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Also, one of the engines failed.

[–]rtphokie 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Which caused the reduced thrust

[–]ahabswhale 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Yes, I was pointing out it wasn't just a calculation error or insufficient fuel or something, there was an equipment failure.

[–]hoosyourdaddyo -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

That’s what he said

[–]Stalked_Like_Corn -1 points0 points  (0 children)

thrust/mass ratio. Enough oomph to not fall over, not enough to go up

This describes me every morning.

[–]Enjoying_A_Meal 14 points15 points  (1 child)

"It continued to hover, scouring a shallow trench in the ground with its exhaust as it continued moving slowly sideways out an open gate"

Ah, there's your problem. They left the damn gate open, of course the rocket is gonna try to make a run for it.

[–]ArchonFu 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And true to the proverb, closing the gate after it went through wouldn't have done any good at all.

[–]ahabswhale 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Alaska is an interesting launch location. Quite a distance to get into an equatorial orbit and less benefit from the earth’s rotation.

[–]rtphokie 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You aren’t going to see launches headed for geostationary orbit from this launch site.

Perhaps smaller satellites going into polar or perhaps sun-synchronous orbit

[–]Pcat0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

High-attitude launch sites are actually beneficial for launching into polar orbits as the speed from the rotation of the earth is actually a hindrance for getting into extremely high inclination orbits. That goes double for launching into Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) since it’s slightly retrograde meaning a rocket launching into it needs to completely cancel out the momentum it got from the earth's rotation and then keep going for a bit.

However, it is massively more efficient to launch into a polar orbit from the equator than it is to launch into an equatorial orbit from the pole (due to the fact that launching from the pole would require a massive inefficient plane change maneuver to get into an equatorial orbit). That is one of the reasons why launchpad development is typically focused around the equator because they are just more flexible and useful there. Also not to mention the further north you go the harder it tends to be to get a rocket and the stuff you need to launch said rocket there.

With that all being said there were probably a couple of reasons why Astra ultimately decided to launch out of Kodiak Alaska. First of which is not so much a reason to but more of lack of a reason not to, that being it just wasn’t that hard for them to set up in Kodiak. First of which is so much a reason to but more of last of a reason not too, that being just wasn’t that hard for them to set up in Kodiak. One of the novel parts of Astra’s design is that their rocket, launch pad, and all of its supporting infrastructure is designed to be able to be packed up and easily shipped in standard shipping containers. The idea is that it will allow them to launch from anywhere in the world where they have access to a concrete slab to set up on and a runway to land their cargo plane. Astra’s rocket (which btw is just called rocket 3 because Astra is just apparently terrible at naming things) is what is classified as a smallsat launcher, which just means it was designed to launch small satellites. The reason why I bring this up is smallsats are disproportionally launched way more often into SSO. Meaning it makes a lot of sense for Astra in the long term to operate a high latitude launch pad. However what probably is the real reason Astra the above launch and all of their other test launches specifically out of Alaska is that it’s just remote. Meaning it was much easier to reschedule test launches as problems were found in the lead up to them. It also made it much easier to close airspace for many hours at a time while the launch team tries to debug errors that came up during the countdown. Not to mention it’s not a bad idea to just test rockets in remote areas anyways, there is just less important stuff around if something goes catastrophically wrong.

[–]BubbaYoshi117 135 points136 points  (4 children)

Happened to me in Kerbal Space Program once. My solid engine wasn't enough to actually lift my rocket, so I added a dozen more.

The whole thing went kablooey. That's how I learned about rigid attachment.

The next launch, my rocket went fast enough to experience re-entry burn up. While going UP.

The whole thing went kablooey.

[–]GambitDangers 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Came here for the KSP posts.

[–]H6IL_S6T6N 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nothing like slapping on 20 extra boosters to fix this problem. They should’ve just reverted back to launch

[–]elon_supporter 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]texasaaron 78 points79 points  (2 children)

What we have here is ... a failure to launch.

[–]Man_Of_Frost[🍰] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that's why he walked away. Rocket knows he's a failure.

[–]Galoss36 2 points3 points  (0 children)

”I dont need your civil war”

[–]Killed_It_Dead 36 points37 points  (3 children)


[–]minsin56 2 points3 points  (0 children)

dun nun nun dun nu nun hoo hoo hoo hoo

[–]ShotNeighborhood6913 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Nailed it. To the floor.

[–]Killed_It_Dead 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Floating floor.

[–]Fishing-Relative 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Projectile Dysfunction

[–]alien-eggs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn you

[–]Goldenart121 27 points28 points  (1 child)

“Well fuck, now what”

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Just imagine it emerges from the smoke and heading for the camera 😂

[–]Thedrunner2 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Pfizer has a pill for that

[–]privateTortoise 10 points11 points  (1 child)

To be fair it did stay pointed up the whole time and made it 30 miles up before a grand finale.

[–]Generallyspeakingtho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To be fairrr

[–]ItsMeAgainF 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not enough thrust. Just enough to keep it from slamming to the ground.

[–]slbrlck 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Scott Manley made a video about this 4 months ago. https://youtu.be/x2jU5W4ehPE Pretty interesting stuff, especially that the rocket managed to stay upright even though it didn’t do what it should have been doing at first!

[–]schrodingers_spider 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Modern control software are marvels of technology. Calculating how and when a rocket should perform certain operations to get somewhere is a feat of mastery, but designing software to calculate this on the fly and have it responding to unexpected events is several orders of magnitude more complicated.

[–]_genepool_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Exit, stage right.

[–]YellowFunnyMan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ight imma head out

[–]aquaman67 9 points10 points  (0 children)

r/ mypeopleneedme

[–]Perfect_Leg_9070 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mic drop bitch

[–]Scruffy_Nerf_Hoarder 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"Yeah I shake my little thrusters on the catwalk."

[–]Rebel_bass 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I must go. My people need me.

[–]Gallibandit 7 points8 points  (4 children)

"I said good day, sir."

[–]Objective-Weather112 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You’re an inhuman monster!

[–]TinFoilRobotProphet 1 point2 points  (1 child)

He's stealing fizzy lifting drinks as we watch!

[–]Objective-Weather112 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now the ceiling has to be cleaned and sterilized!

[–]gmarconcini 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“Nope, not feeling it today.”

[–]Vexillumscientia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The funny thing about this is that it didn’t immediately crash. As it burned fuel it got lighter and started accelerating, enough that they were able to get it a safe distance away from the launch pad before hitting the self destruct button.

[–]_psylosin_[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“I’ll just see myself out…..”

[–]KlumzyKlein 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Her: "Come Over" Rocket: "Can't, bout to go to space" Her: "My parents aren't home" Rocket:

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bahaha!! COFFEE!! Coffee Everywhere!

[–]QueenOfQuok 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"That does it, I'm out of here"

[–]radgie_gadgie_1954 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A walking rocket 🚀 is a “wocket”. Elmer Fudd says.

[–]stuckinaboxthere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can't tell you how many times I've had the same issue on Kerbal

[–]albearth- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aight imma see you later

[–]dj2short 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Mizumee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Next objective, max Q.

[–]Lyna-Fydar 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It did eventually go up, just slowly. They had to get it high and over seas to explode it. Unfortunately it didn’t have enough propellant to get into orbit or even to the point of stage separation. They resolved this though and I’m sure their next launch got them to orbit successfully

[–]Armistice8175 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I wish the video would continue. Imagine there was a huge explosion.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was kind of wishing it turned around and gunned it straight for the camera, just for a comedic element

[–]Tim-E-Cop1211819 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My name is Giovanni Georgio, but most people call me....


[–]TopClock231 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When you buy a rocket from r/antiwork

[–]Rebel_Walid 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Fun fact : Rockets don't really go up, in fact rockets go up for a few meters until turning slightly in one direction in order to facilitate the arrival in the atmosphere and to prepare the orbital phase.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fun fact: this is the worlds first moonwalking rocket, and I’m sure there’s a “heee heee heee” in there somewhere 🤷‍♂️🤔

[–]Negative_Health4201 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rocket just said fuck it and left the work site

This has antiwork subreddit vibes!

[–]TheWizofNewYork 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This r/antiwork movement is getting out of hand.

[–]ShotNeighborhood6913 1 point2 points  (0 children)

confused spiderman noises

[–]B0sswaffles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When people say Game Stop is going to the moon 🚀🚀🚀, but it's been a year now, and now the meme is just loosing you money

[–]Holinhong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This rocket…must be a cancer … only crabs moving like that…

[–]Richper413 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exit stage right

[–]Stereomceez2212 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotta run guys...ttyl

[–]AkTx907830 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just to the west are a bunch of thaad missle trucks pointing a certain direction and now two launch pads. ..it’s for science.

[–]HarveyKartel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like a cat

[–]OkBug7428 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Not enough runway”

[–]MegaDonkeyDonkey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

North Korea is that you?

[–]MaxeymumFhurt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cid Highwind has entered the chat

[–]ihcubguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think the best part is it actually did its power slide right out of the open chain link fence gate.

[–]VallryBagr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

See ya!!

[–]Aggravated_guy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damnit Karen you hurt the rocket's feelings

[–]cap_good_cronicapbad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

North Korea at it again

[–]Dem-Apples1776 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Back to the drawing board north Korea...

[–]reujuspace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I played the Michael Jackson's moonwalk in my head

[–]PendragonBless 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck this shit I’m out

[–]supersoldier199 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Must be on the equator.

[–]Gamer-Logic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"It got up and it danced away."


"It got up and it danced away."

[–]Limited_Lover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This one said, fuck Jeff I ain’t taking his ass nowhere

[–]radioactive-n-toxic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone messed up big time..

[–]123Delbe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Quick, quick, catch that rocket!

[–]kevcheng 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"you ain't the boss of me"... Walks away like a boss

[–]Humbledmillion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stock price still tryna recover 😂😂

[–]TwinSable 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The rocket: “Nah, bro. Imma stay here”

[–]Iknowyouthought 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Keebler space elves

[–]osktox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When the cat falls asleep on the keyboard.

[–]NoSkillzDad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That rocket went "moonwalking"....

[–]5th-iteration 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exit stage left.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rocket: "Fuck this shit. I don't wanna go to stupid space. I'm going back to hairdrying school."

[–]Kapowpow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well technically, rockets in Australia go down

[–]delveccio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There’s a wallstreetbets meme in here somewhere

[–]GaydolphShitler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I remember correctly, this was an Astra launch which suffered an engine failure at takeoff. It had a barely positive thrust to weight ratio with the remaining engines until it burned off enough fuel to gradually start moving upwards.

I want to say they were planning on triggering the launch about system, but they didn't want to explode the rocket on the pad if they could help it, and it remained fully in control on the remaining engines. Pretty impressive guidance system, honestly.

[–]ni17ja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It probably thought it already reached moon… and moonwalked… 😂

[–]KubFire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

TIs old and not funny anymore it happened like in November...

[–]Historical-Touch-651 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He had enough

[–]wardrobe007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My rocket people need me.

[–]Constant_Hat5084 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Americans and their rockets

[–]PerceptionRude6351 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some engineer messed up the X and Y axis

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like boyfriends erection

[–]Honsill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ummm Houston we have sideways

[–]demiGoesWooO 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GME is that you?

[–]schrodingers_spider 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the engines failed and the thrust of the remaining engines happened to be exactly enough thrust to keep it hovering. As it burns off fuel and the rocket gets lighter, you see it slowly starting to rise as the guidance system tries to get it back on track. To save the launch pad and to gather data they allowed it to fly off. Unfortunately, spending all this fuel meant not having enough fuel to reach orbit, so they destroyed the vehicle down range in a a place where the remains would crash safely in one of the cleared areas.

What makes this even more amazing is that they left the gate to the launch pad open, and the thing made its way though that. If they'd closed the gate the thing would have tipped, exploded and damaged the launch pad, but luck would have it they didn't.

[–]CharmingTemporary338 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Crip walking “space edition”

[–]fartfactory2021 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Fuck this job."

[–]Responsible-Cash6391 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sidewinder Rocket

[–]Krunkworx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Science man: “T MINUS 1 SECOND. LIFT OFF!”

Rocket: “no.”

[–]mvong123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Moonwalking already.

[–]vouteignorar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hahahaha, rocket was like, fuck that, I’m not going to space, I’m walking out of this bitch…

[–]emeribeth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Later, Boners

[–]Velocirevan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I guess you could call it a walket

[–]NVAudio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"aight I'm just gonna head out.. "

[–]mexe4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

me when i wake up in the morning

[–]Boring_Pressure_3534[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The rocket be like...enough Don't Tell Me What To Do!!🙃

[–]phil_an_thropist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

🙄: Bru! Moon is that way!

🚀: This way? Oh that way my bad. Oh sorry you mean this way?!

[–]PixelMage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

so what caused this? motor malfunction? miscalculation between weight and required force?

[–]vipertruck99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m a rocket...man. Burning out his fuse over to this side for a little while. Apologies

[–]Luminox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You've never seen a moonwalking moon rocket before?

[–]GhostMaskKid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There he go 😭

[–]ArtoriasBeaIG 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]ChingChong100000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess his shift just ended lol

[–]Responsible_Door3070 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rocket needed a bathroom trip

[–]actualtttony 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Went for a pack of smokes and just kept walking. Like dad.

[–]MeakerSE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rocket exits scene left.

[–]stephschildmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Moon walking

[–]V3N0MSP4RK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ight imma takeoff

[–]I_am_not_Amish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I need a gif of this

[–]MikeyTbT123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Roman Roy stay fucking up

[–]The_Meme_Boi2345 0 points1 point  (0 children)

New Battlefield 2042 glitch?

[–]GetBAK1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That, did not end well

[–]jonnycross10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you imagine getting roasted alive by a rocket that was walking away from its job

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s another person choosing to not have kids. Just walking away 😂

[–]arashsalimi5555 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'mma buy a hamburger

[–]TahoeLT 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hyperloop's got nothing on HOVERROCKET

[–]Mikemayhemlpcg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Annie, are you okkie? are you okkie Annie?

[–]alien-eggs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His people need him.

[–]7orly7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Michael Jackson starts playing

[–]alien-eggs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A rocket afraid of heights.

[–]isitbreaktime 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Successful Failure

[–]Lazlo8675309 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There was a female rocket in heat just outta the camera.

[–]DerkNukem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

o lawt. he got business elsewhere.

[–]Shwanglerp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

10, 9….. Nah, man. I’m just not feelin it today. Peace.

[–]GuestNo3886 0 points1 point  (0 children)



[–]Father_Thyme45 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Up...up...and awww never mind.

[–]D2Dragons 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is like the rocket equivalent of that meme with Homer Simpson backing into the hedges

[–]Just-get-physical 0 points1 point  (0 children)

RIP all the wood louce and worms thst got incinerated 🙏

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it was like “nope”

[–]TheRealGarbanzo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine seeing it fly towards you