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Talk-Polywell.org • SpaceX News - Page 146
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Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:17 pm
by ladajo
And also don't forget that the Russian Ukraine Adventure cost them access to some of the most experience rocket engine builders and facilities.

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:24 pm
by Taliesin
Another Bulls-Eye landing! :D

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:02 am
by Giorgio
At T = +6:02 it seems like a very near miss with some other (fairly big) object.Maybe it was just some space trash or an active object, but it was in my understanding that anything orbiting earth bigger than 1 meter was supposed to be under constant monitoring, so I get to wonder how that object managed to pass so near to the returning first stage.....

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:06 am
by Skipjack
S1 MECO is no where near orbital altitude and velocity. This was most likely just ice that fell off.

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:20 am
by Giorgio
S1 MECO is at T= +2:40. I am speaking about the object at T=+6:02. Also at that moment the S1 is no where near stable orbital altitude, but that object does look quite big and it doesn't really look like a piece of ice.

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:25 am
by Maui
National Geographic has an episode of their Mars series out where they go behind the scenes for the Falcon Heavy launch. Definitely worth watching: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/w ... 09efc1607/

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:13 am
by williatw

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:15 am
by Skipjack

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:23 pm
by Maui

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:31 pm
by Giorgio

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:07 pm
by jnaujok
Consensus on the SpaceX Facebook group is that it is a chunk of kerosene soot covered LOX ice. Several pieces can be seen breaking away from the base in earlier parts of the video.

This piece appears right about the time that the re-entry chill-down was beginning, which involves LOX purge of the turbopump. Assuming this piece of ice was attached to the turbopump exhaust or in the throat of a Merlin engine bell, then the chill-down flow of LOX would likely dislodge that ice. Because there's a very slight amount of atmosphere (~ 1 micro-torr) at that altitude, the ice would break away, fall away from the engine and then the atmospheric drag would cause it to decelerate more than the much more massive rocket body.

This slow motion deceleration, very alien appearing to us where the atmosphere is thick and would cause rapid decelerations, would make it appear to be a large object at a distance, while actually being only a few inches across.

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 pm
by Aero
The mystery to me is that this object seems to be ahead of the stage as the stage overtakes it. The stage has done nothing except a flip end to end while continuing on a ballistic path from MECO. That implies to me that everything that was carried along from launch, ice or whatever is ruled out because it could not have passed the stage since MECO, and if it fell away from the stage before MECO it would be way behind, not ahead of the stage.
Agreed, it is not a satellite at that low altitude and speed. It couldn't even be space debris because its speed is too low. Could it be something from the second stage? It doesn't look like a fairing half but I don't know what a fairing half might look like from that angle. There is still the problem that the object appears to be ahead of and below the stage. The fairing could be ahead of, but how could it be below the first stage?

As for it being LOX ice from the stage itself being coughed out then slowed by drag, note that it is not the relative mass of the ice vs the stage that matters. it is the relative "fluffiness" of each object. LOX ice is not very fluffy, while the stage is nearly empty and so quite fluffy, relatively speaking. But this line of reasoning can only lead to an argument about the amount of gaseous oxygen entrained within the LOX ice so I guess we'll never know.

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:11 am
by kunkmiester
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=6247

More financing. More sustainable, in some ways.

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:36 pm
by krenshala

Re: SpaceX News

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:04 pm
by paperburn1
Sorry guys , no little green men or super secret squirrel satellite. It is oxygen ice from inside the nozzle on stage two when the turbo pump runs a pre-chill cycle before startup, hence the blueish hue to it. :mrgreen: It falls on top of stage one then falls off. Also stage one pre cools before firing as well on its way back to landing unfortunately all the camera views are not available to the public and vary for each launch. The numbers varys from "a whole lot and even more than that" there are even event cameras in the lox / fuel tanks and everyplace else in a 360 degree coverage.
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