SpaceX is getting closer to reusable stages

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  1. tele_phil

    tele_phil Member

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    Video shows the concept. They were close on the last launch, but ran short on hydraulic fluid for thrust vectoring control.

     
  2. mark norwine

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    cool animation.

    Here's the real thing:

     
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    Yeah, you gotta crack a few eggs... those guys are on the case though, wish more with some money would join the journey.
     
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    That will be cool when it works.
     
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    Yeah, if they want reusable they'll have to have a pretty good body shop.
     
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    It was a very close attempt on the first try, considering the small size of the platform.
     
  7. tele_phil

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    Yep...rocket science is not easy.
     
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    I'm so glad this country is getting excited about space again.

    About frigging time.
     
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    Getting excited about space is literally getting excited about nothing :)
     
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    I've been reading Neil Degrasse Tyson book called Space Chronicles, it has me fired up too!

    Also, my company is using Space X to launch our next satellite!
     
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    It's amazing they hit the platform on their first try! They successfully completed their mission to resupply the ISS by the way, so the failed (but encouraging/amazing) landing attempt wasn't the main point of the mission, just an add on.

    Their previous soft landings in the ocean had a few km target radius. The barge is less than 250ft across.

    Their next mission will have a slightly more difficult trajectory, but they will have more hydraulic fluid, so fingers crossed.
     
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    Another rocket up tomorrow, 9:20 A.M.
     
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    It's got to be astronomically more expensive to try to land like that than parachute splash down. But maybe that would damage the unit.
     
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    If it ran out of fuel what's that glowing light coming out of the rocket? And why does it erupt in a fireball?
     
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    That's pretty cool. Hopefully they'll get it right this time.
     
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    Plenty of fuel, not enough hydraulic fluid for the rocket nozzle actuators for thrust vectoring.
     

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