why won't they launch space flights when storms are near if planes can be built to withstand lightning why can't these new SpaceX vehicles? ?
- D gLv 71 month ago
Planes run on gasoline ...rockets use a stuff a tad bit more explosive remember the Hindenburg blimp
- Anonymous1 month ago
No idea what kind of plane you fly but I avoid thunderstorms at all costs. I landed 200 miles from my destination to avoid the last thunderstorm that blocked me from home.
- SocratesLv 71 month ago
Tell that to Apollo 12. A storm very nearly aborted that flight.
- webcatmanLv 71 month ago
Rocket fuel is dangerous enough when ignited as planned. Lightning adds 100,000 volts to the equation.
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- StarryskyLv 71 month ago
One space launch of people for the ISS costs more than 300 million. That is cost of at least 10 airliners.
Got to be careful at that high price.
- CliveLv 71 month ago
Because planes are not rockets. And planes don't fly in bad weather either.
- jehenLv 71 month ago
Planes don't go through weather if they can avoid it and none of the go through it at many times the speed of sound
- Roger KLv 71 month ago
Rockets are basically a flying tube full of highly explosive liquids. A lightning strike on a rocket can cause very serious, disastrous damage.
Planes are built in such a way as to conduct any surge from a lightning strike around the outside of the plane, making any damage very minimal.
- Ronald 7Lv 71 month ago
They cant take any chances
Like the night before the Challenger Launch there had been a - 10 C frost
It rendered an important O Ring on one of the Booster Rockets very brittle to disasterous results on the day
- RickLv 61 month ago
planes are flown by REAL people who can correct some course changes, but the rocket is flown by computers .................