The term *self-destruct* dates back to at least the eighteenth century, and possibly earlier. It appears several times in the notes of inventor David Bushnell, who designed a clockwork flintlock timer for an underwater bomb in 1775. It also appears in discussions about floating mines (then called *torpedoes*) well before the U.S. Civil War.
I've never seen Frontier, so it's entirely possible that self-destruct is an anachronism within the context of the show. But it definitely did *not* originate with the space program.
Source: I once spent nearly a year researching the history of undersea warfare for a book I was writing.
>[Paranoid was coined in 1848 but didn't enter common usage or gain it's current meaning until much later.](https://tstoaddicts.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/comic-book-guy-laptop.jpg)
Yeah, one of the most poorly researched shows I've ever seen. Just don't set your show in the past if you're not even willing to pay lip service to historical accuracy. Not to mention the first season had no narrative arc whatsoever. I haven't watched season 2, but I remember thinking I was at the midseason point based on what was happening and the number of episodes I had watched, and then it was just over.
I've seen some other television and movies where this is an issue though I'm not calling any to mind at the moment (Doctor Who gets a pass because I'm not really taking it seriously).
might I interest you in X-Company instead?
No one was worse, yet somehow still amazing at it than Starz' Spartacus series