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Old 04-13-2015, 02:24 PM   #24121
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So close. The stage separation might have been the coolest part of the launch vid (18:36 because linking a youtube vid sucks):
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Better landing vid just posted.


Poor RCS system is working as hard as it can to keep it upright.

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Why don't they just put some self inflating floaties on it and let it land in the water?

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Da fuq?







This is a thing now?
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Da fuq?




This is a thing now?
"Why would you do this to me?"

Main reason is it explodes when it falls over, making it stronger would add too much weight. Also salt water is very bad for expensive rocket engines. The "reusable" space shuttle SRBs cost more than the whole SpaceX rocket just to refurbish.

Still less crazy than ULA's plan for their new rocket:


Also their new upper stage could use a piston engine for electrical power/restarting.
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"Why would you do this to me?"

Main reason is it explodes when it falls over, making it stronger would add too much weight. Also salt water is very bad for expensive rocket engines. The "reusable" space shuttle SRBs cost more than the whole SpaceX rocket just to refurbish.

Still less crazy than ULA's plan for their new rocket:


Also their new upper stage could use a piston engine for electrical power/restarting.
The upper stage? Doesn't that require an abundance of oxygen?
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The new upper stage will fly with a piston engine designed in partnership between ULA and Roush Fenway Racing, a motorsports enterprise that competes in NASCAR events. The system will generate electricity and pressurize the rocket’s fuel tanks, transforming the upper stage into a long-lived space tug that can maneuver in space for several days.
ULA plans to introduce new rocket one piece at a time | Spaceflight Now



Problem is those RL-10s cost $40 million a piece right now.
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mmmm rockets

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