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[VIDEO] Russia officially opened Vostochny cosmodrome


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55 minutes ago, InsaneDruid said:


Also interesting to see the digital flight computer performing the roll manoeuvrer. The older Soyuz get rotated into the flight azimuth with the launch table.

From the site of manufacturer:





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1 hour ago, Kartoffelkuchen said:

That thing looks better than I expected!

Reusable side boosters might be possible, then again it would probably require even bigger parachutes than the shuttle boosters. 

Question that's probably already been answered a dozen times: why do Soyuz rockets do "hot staging"?

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It means they do have to set up separate ullage thruster systems. Plus, the start-up sequence for the original engines is pretty slow (as you can see at liftoff), they'd lose quite a lot of velocity if they tried to do it after staging.

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13 hours ago, hugix said:

Apperantly not everything went well at the launch site.



Yes. This thing is door, that protects working platform that is placed under rocket's engines before launch. By design mistake or poor construction work (reason was not yet named) it break down after pressure from gases from lifting rocket.

Working platform itself if in fine shape:



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