Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rocket Crash Lands

Space X launched a Dragon capsule to the ISS on January 10 on an updated Falcon 9 rocket, designed to have a reusable first stage (normally the first stage of the rocket, as with all other rockets, falls into the ocean never to be seen again).  This new version of the SpaceX rocket was designed to have the rocket’s first stage descended back to Earth by re-igniting a subset of its nine engines in a flyback maneuver aiming for a vertical touchdown on a specially-outfitted 300 ft long ship off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

Well during the landing processes, the booster ran out of hydraulic fluid moments before landing.  The first stage got amazingly close to the ship, but didn't quite nail the landing.  SpaceX actually released video of the landing attempt and it is phenomenal to see!!!

I can't stop watching it - it's addictive.  Space X is calling it a "Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly", you can see Elon Musk's (owner of SpaceX) twitter dissection of the failure here.

(image from here)

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