Daily Dose of Splodey

Space-X came this><close to successfully recovering the first stage of a Falcon 9 used just minutes earlier to launch a Dragon capsule into orbit.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhMSzC1crr0]

Word is that Space-X, having demonstrated successful control of the vehicle in all phases except touchdown, will forego the barge based landing pad and attempt to land ashore next time.

By the way, while they haven’t successfully recovered a first stage that’s actually been used in a launch, they have successfully made ascents and landings during testing prior to these attempts.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwwS4YOTbbw]

1 thought on “Daily Dose of Splodey”

  1. It looks right at the end as if the stage had over-corrected for that last little swerve. Not sure if it was due to sea motion, or the software couldn’t keep up in a less than optimum landing.

    Ground landings might be a better start. Make the pad a bit bigger so that slightly off-center touch down might have worked.

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