Ben Brockert of Armadillo Aerospace offers some great rocketry euphemisms in a talk at SpaceVisions 2011.

When things go wrong there are many terms rocketeers use to describe the situation. Many of my readers will be aware of CATO (catastrophic motor failure) but what about these:

  • Rapid Unplanned Disassembly
  • Spontaneous Disassembly
  • Static Launch
  • Successful test of the fire
  • TLOV (Tragic loss of vehicle)
Or what about when the rocket hits the ground:
  • Lithobreaking
  • Lakestake (dry lake launches)
  • Shovel Recovery
  • Lawn Dart
  • Core Sample
  • Fishing Orbit (Rocket goes into water)
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