urger: Elon Musk is the closest thing our world has to a real-life James Bond villain.
Kittypie070: urger: Elon Musk is the closest thing our world has to a real-life James Bond villain.Villain!?
studebaker hoch: It's amazing to watch the stage just fall through the air until you realize that's what it's designed to do.The new ones will have airbrakes to keep them upright.
medazinol: studebaker hoch: It's amazing to watch the stage just fall through the air until you realize that's what it's designed to do.The new ones will have airbrakes to keep them upright.Not air brakes. Those a "grid" fins. They help with steering the rocket instead of just using the rocket engines on gimbals. SpaceX had a problem early on with the first stage returning from space "spinning" and causing the fuel to centrifuge out to the walls and starving the engine resulting in a crash. They've since upgraded the rocket with larger steering propellant tanks but this is possibly the best solution to better steering. We'll see on subsequent launches if they use them. SpaceX is remarkable in it's ability to very quickly design and test solutions compared to NASA because they're still a small company and can move quickly and adapt.I'm sure they will succeed to return a first stage to a launch pad by the end of the year.Next year they start testing the new Dragon V2 capsule that has the same return capability:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEQrmDoIRO8
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