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Old 2nd May 2017, 08:26 PM
Wrenn Wrenn is offline
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Default Re: Reusable Rockets

If you haven't seen it yet I would recommend the video of yesterday's SpaceX launch and landing. It was a classified payload, so instead of showing all the stage2 + payload stuff they focused on the stage 1 landing and it was glorious. In particular, high res images from a ground camera of the stage 1 separation, 180 degree flip, boostback burn to get back to the landing site and neat footage of the retro propulsion burn on reentry that slows down the rocket from 1.3 km/s while also protecting the rocket from reentry damage.

And if you are like me and keep forgetting that this is a 12 story, 12m diameter building falling to earth and landing with ~1meter accuracy, here is an image of the scale of the rocket:

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