atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5185: Sticking the landing, again

And this was less ideal than the last time. "This was a high-velocity mission that SpaceX did not have high hopes of a successful landing for, yet they succeeded anyway."

The biggest problem with recovering a booster is energy. Something coming down from an orbital trajectory has a lot of it, and while the fall isn't a problem, the sudden stop at the end is. Like an egg--only an empty rocket booster is more fragile than an egg is. (A well-designed liquid-fueled rocket booster has as little structure as possible, because structure is weight, and weight is bad.)

That's why the Blue Origin tests weren't as impressive as this. That's a suborbital job; it makes a ballistic arc into space but doesn't have enough kinetic energy to make orbit--and the Falcon does.

..all of which is damned cool.

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You will be made to celebrate the delusions of a madman. Bruce Jenner is not a woman. If he were, Sports Illustrated would not even be contemplating this.

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If Jeb Bush were the presumptive nominee, he would insist that everyone get behind him and vote for him Or Else. Hypocrisy, of course.

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Closed a bunch of tabs because it's Friday night and I have to be at work at 9 AM tomorrow, which leaves me little time for anything that's going to prompt me to bloggerate at length.


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