Hey boss, remember those bolts you asked me to remove?
January 8th, 2018 9:07pm
" as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally."
What does nominally mean in that context?
The only thing it can mean is that the rocket worked right, and the fault was in the satellite itself.
Perhaps a steering jet got out of control and pushed it into the atmosphere. Or maybe those pesky Amish got to it.
Given the nature of the mission, there's no way to know if this is remotely true.
Anyone (nation) with space-tracking radar would know. But would they say anything? Probably not.
January 9th, 2018 6:52am
Interesting observations and analysis:
Nominally, in an engineering context only, means everything was fine and went according to plan.
It's odd that engineering uses that term that way since it means something different in every other context.
Just because the government says they lost their secret spy satellite doesn't mean they really did.