[amsat-bb] Rocket Lab test flight analysis released
w9gb at icloud.com
Wed Aug 9 01:55:35 UTC 2017
I read this Rocket Lab "post-flight analysis" of the Electron launcher earlier today.
As I came to analysis section about the handling of flight telemetry (not turning ON the Forward Error Correction (FEC) before launch), I had an AMSAT-NA moment.
I remembered Phil Karn, KA9Q at the annual AMSAT-NA Conferences in 1990s ...
pushing that Forward Error Correction (FEC) to be included in future telemetry designs.
The general reception, 20+ years ago was mixed (Why change?), but AO-40 saw its usage.
So after 20 to 25 years ... Rocket Labs has shown that the "human component" continues to exhibit unacceptable failure rates.
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