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So Musk's shiny rocket test flight ended with an explosion, and his explanation was, "Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD". RUD apparently stands for rapid unscheduled disassembly.

Which is the most wanky way to describe a crash I've ever heard.

Seriously though, the man cares more about the productivity of his factories than the wellbeing of his workers. This is not the kind of person you want to entrust with your life to travel to a different planet.

Part of the reason I became disillusioned with the STEM and space science people on the internet is that the community there is just teeming with musky fanboys who apparently think billionaires are cool if they also built rockets. It's exhausting TBH.

@InvaderXan "equine-assisted dismount" was an old joke from many years ago and it occurred to me musk might've meant to draw some kind of parallel here

@carcinopithecus @InvaderXan no, "rapid unscheduled disassembly" is a frequently used technical term in rocket science, and yes, I still find it funny.

@InvaderXan i think it's fair to distrust doing nothing forever more. which may not be just or right, but i can sympathize with the viewpoint, i can see some truth reflected in that broader disgust with the systems of power in modern humanity.

@carl @InvaderXan Then it's not a great substitute - I think that people with dicks want to be able to use them more then once, yeah?

@InvaderXan Space is full of acronyms like RUD, that's not unique to SpaceX, it's just that kind of engineer being a particular kind of nerd =P

@witchfynder_finder @InvaderXan yeah I've definitely heard such terms from Actual Rocket Scientists. "The Up-Goer 5" and "you will not go to space today" are also classics. xkcd.com/1133/

@InvaderXan "RUD" is an acronym that's been in use in space stuff for a while, afaik
I know it's pretty heavily used in the KSP community, at the least

@InvaderXan tbh its kinda impressive how unprofessional (aerospace) engineering language is

a good part of it is definitely result of a 'boys club' mentality (but i think theres more to it)

@InvaderXan I kinda love that.

"think I'll go out and RUD some confederate monuments"

yeah that's good

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