Thursday, April 16, 2015

An Analysis of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Crash Landing | WIRED

Third time was almost a charm; check the full post for video and more details
"SPACEX ONCE AGAIN successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket with supplies for the International Space Station.  The booster that launched the payload was then supposed to return, landing on a platform (at sea). Well, that didn’t go so well. The booster crashed on landing. Landing a rocket in this manner is clearly a difficult task. (Here is my previous explanation.) Maneuvering a tall rocket using the main thrusters would be like balancing a vertical broom on your hand and then moving this broom across the room and setting it down on the floor while still being upright. Try it. It’s not so easy—even for a computer."
An Analysis of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Crash Landing | WIRED
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