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.
@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
Musk didn't come up with it.
Quick search found a thread with examples of similar phrases being cited in print in the 1970s:
@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.
@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
@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
Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.