The issues it raises continue to be very interesting. I am embroiled in several very interesting discussions, one of which is occurring in the comments to my previous post, Real Fake Missiles. My favorite moment has been encountering the acronym BFRC — Big F*cking Red Cloud. Here are some descriptions I found elsewhere:
The thing that always scared us was, in Gemini, when the Titan [was] flight-pressurized. And we had that glorious BFRC. You’re familiar with that term? It stands for “big fucking red cloud.” See, whenever they had a leak, they said, “Don’t open the elevator door!” It was big red stuff. You’re talking about nitrogen tetroxide all around us. http://books.google.com/books?id=LWMivGgbM7kC
NTO leakage on the engine test stands at WSTF was known as a “BFRC.” One might hear over the loud speakers, “We have a BFRC on 3!” A new secretary asked her boss, “What does BFRC mean?” Like a pluperfect idiot he told her. “BFRC means Big F*cking Red Cloud.” Shortly thereafter a directive came down from the head-shed that from that time forward, BFRC’s would be referred to as “Propellant Excursions.” I really believe to this day that “BFRC” better described the urgency of the situation. http://www.spacetweepsociety.org/category/space-history/apollo/
NTO, of course, is what North Korea may use as an oxidizer. I wonder how to say Big F*cking Red Cloud in Korean?