In Space, No One Can Hear The Primaries
Here is some news that doesn't involve the primaries.
Space-X successfully launched an inflatable habitat module to the Space Station. Then they successfully landed the first stage on a robotic barge at sea.This means that they now have a reusable medium lift rocket.
Welcome to tomorrow.
Here is video of the entire launch sequence.
...And an assessment by our crack team of science babes:
There's another video circulating from an on-board camera. Also a cleaner version of the chase plane video above, which, if you watch carefully, you can see how it bounces and shifts a little as it lands.
There's even a 4K version of the video, but I think Pixy is the only person I know of with a 4K monitor.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Apr 9 19:51:03 2016 (5Ktpu)
I'd read that barges will let them use a different launch profile - basically they can lift a heavier payload because the landing profile needs less fuel? (Could have been bollocks but it makes at least some sense...)
I saw the 4k video yesterday, and it is much cleaner than the original. I'm not sure a 4k monitor was necessary, though I do have one.
Currently, the majority of launch profiles require the use of the barge. As the rocket continues to improve they will have more opportunities to make it back to land. The information video on the Falcon Heavy that SpaceX released many months ago showed the boosters going back to land and the core landing on a barge, which makes sense as the core is a lot further downrange and moving much faster at MECO than the boosters were at BECO.
Posted by: David at Sun Apr 10 15:09:00 2016 (qFBUY)