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SpaceX just landed an orbital rocket for the first time!

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Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:14 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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I missed the launch by 90 seconds (b*llocks) but seems like the video cut off before we could see that final piece land on the drone ship. Even if that part was lost, simultaneously landing 2 out of 3 is absolutely an amazing achievement!

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Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:59 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Anyone think it’s odd how the y just cut the video after the landing. They had like 1million people watching. Surely they could have taken questions or had some commentary ? Just seemed odd to me. “Ok thanks guys see you next time.........”


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I thought it was very odd that they ended it so abruptly. I guess they were given news about the centre core in there ear but told to keep quiet. They also used the camera feed from the same booster. 


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Did it fail ?


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Only 1/3 engines was able to light. Hit the water 100m away from the ship at 300mph.


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Only 1/3 engines was able to light. Hit the water 100m away from the ship at 300mph.


Bet that made a hell of a splash.


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Centre core ran out of the igniter fuel they use to light the engines on two of its three engines, and slapped into the sea 100m from the barge at 300mph as a result. News of this is provably why they ended the stream then to avoid overshadowing the success with the loss of a core that was never going to be reused anyway.

Ad to the booster camera, apparently they've put out avoid updated video with that fixed and the fairing g separate shown on screen, but I've not been able to check it out yet.


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I believe the failsafe cut in on the core which is why it missed the barge. Otherwise it might have been a bit of a mess....


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The initial position in burns aim for a point a few hundred metres from the barge, precisely so that if there're any engine issues it won't hit. The final landing burn then diverts the trajectory over the barge at the same time as it decelerates, and as there wasn't sufficient thrust this time it simply didn't reach the barge. Neat system! :)


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Oh I see. Clever.


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