Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

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Postby spacemonkey » Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:40 pm

I suppose Vegas is already taking bets.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:38 am

I don't buy for a second the idea that there isn't footage. What? With the giant rocket coming down out of the sky with a lit up engine they didn't have enough light? And really, someone couldn't zip tie a Go Pro to a handrail or something? Space X just doesn't want everyone on YouTube picking apart every frame of footage of one of their fancy boosters crumpling on the deck of that ship. Not very flattering footage isn't the same as a lack of footage.

That said...just getting the thing to come down onto the deck of a ship hundreds of miles out to sea from a couple hundred miles up at some unthinkable velocity is still epically awesome. Pretty small target.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby spacemonkey » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:27 pm

Spider wrote:I don't buy for a second the idea that there isn't footage. What? With the giant rocket coming down out of the sky with a lit up engine they didn't have enough light? And really, someone couldn't zip tie a Go Pro to a handrail or something? Space X just doesn't want everyone on YouTube picking apart every frame of footage of one of their fancy boosters crumpling on the deck of that ship. Not very flattering footage isn't the same as a lack of footage.

That said...just getting the thing to come down onto the deck of a ship hundreds of miles out to sea from a couple hundred miles up at some unthinkable velocity is still epically awesome. Pretty small target.

My guess is , no footage = LIE.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:46 pm

Can't get away with lying about it. There is footage of previous soft landings, anyways. They just don't want to tarnish themselves with footage of what amounts to a crash.

If the next attempt also yields no footage, we'll know some f**k is going on.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby The Comrade » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:33 pm

saw a photo of the barge on reddit. looks like the thing smashed down on one of the corners. current word is that hydraulic fluid on one of the fins ran out which i imagine made it tumble instead of come down straight.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby The Comrade » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:06 pm

https://vine.co/v/OjqeYWWpVWK

yup. one of the fins was f**k up and it came down wrong. nice that it's just a technical glitch.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:08 pm

The Comrade wrote:https://vine.co/v/OjqeYWWpVWK

yup. one of the fins was f**k up and it came down wrong. nice that it's just a technical glitch.


Awesome. Its a crash, but a spectacular one at least lol.

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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby The Comrade » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:11 pm

what's great too is that had the stabilizing fin been working properly i have no doubt it would have landed dead center on the barge. gimbaling can only take it so far.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:17 pm

Hmm. Right before the end of the webcast for the launch just now one of the mission controllers said, "First stage splashdown."

Which doesn't sound like the desired outcome. :(

Oh well. Because the profile is for a deep space launch (this thing is going out 3 times further than the moon) the reentry apparently involved twice the dynamic forces on and 4 times the heat.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Sun May 03, 2015 8:51 pm

In case anyone gives a damn, here's a nice vid I hadn't seen of the first stage maneuvering through its re entry profile with thermal imaging, rentry burns included. All kinds of awesome gong on. :)

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