SpaceChampion Posted April 11, 2015 Share Posted April 11, 2015 This is a few months old, but most of you might have not seen this: here's a vine video of SpaceX's first attempt of their Falcon 9 rocket's 1st stage designed for reusability landing on the drone ship Just Read The Instructions. (The other drone ship they have as a floating landing pad is called Of Course I Still Love You, both homages to Iain M Banks' Culture novels.) Close, but a spectacular miss. Before seeing this I was wondering why there was so little debris left on the drone ship -- most of it appears to fly off laterally fairly intact until hitting the ocean and sinking. But despite that it was fairly on target. Monday is the second landing attempt. The first attempt was short on hydraulic fluid in the hypersonic grid fins, so the fins couldn't be used long enough to help the reignited rocket slow down and steer to the pad. They've double the amount of hydraulic fluid for this time. Monday the Falcon 9 is launching a Dragon to the ISS, on it's 6th of 12 cargo flights. Dragon is also design for reusability, capable of landing at the pad being constructed for it at Kennedy Space Centre. Why we haven't seen a Dragon land on the drone ship yet, I'm not sure, but that's something that needs to be done before NASA will allow a landing at KSC. It's scheduled to land in the ocean after it returns from the ISS in about two weeks after it arrives. Usually all Space launches can be watched from live streaming on their site spacex.com. Launch is scheduled for 4:33pm EST. It could be historic. This one thing will make all the difference to whether we can afford to build structures in space at 1000 times less cost -- such as fuel depots -- and then finally take on settling the solar system. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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