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So a ship with a large amount of explosive fuel and oxidizer had a problem as it was plummeting to the earth and moved "out of the allowed corridor", so they exploded it in mid-air and pieces of steel rained down on the area.

Yeah, I guess I can see why everybody was right in saying that the FAA has nothing to be worried about regulating here.

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7 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

Yeah, I guess I can see why everybody was right in saying that the FAA has nothing to be worried about regulating here.

Presumably the danger area they have planned for (and the FAA has signed off on) includes what they would expect if they unzipped the vehicle at something like maximum altitude (or min alt and more propellants, not sure at what point the danger is maximized).

The "allowed corridor" doesn't mean it left protected airspace, it means that if it varies by some small amount off the the planned flight path, it terminates the flight—before it gets far enough away that areas outside the danger area are at risk, right?

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1 hour ago, tater said:

Presumably the danger area they have planned for (and the FAA has signed off on) includes what they would expect if they unzipped the vehicle at something like maximum altitude (or min alt and more propellants, not sure at what point the danger is maximized).

This. The system worked. The rules worked. The existing regulations worked
 

However, just add a bit more mud...

 

now, “RUD” to me sounds like it wasn’t deliberately terminated...

2 minutes ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

Tater - I'm on my phone... What's the image? 

grimes in a rather strange outfit standing before BN1 in the high bay. 

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I am wondering if this structure might be for moving that long distances...

Ie: say they mocked it up as the lunar version (flat nose), and wanted to ship it to Houston.

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7 hours ago, magnemoe said:

Her leg looks super weird, 

Vertical panorama shot making distortion?

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Really hoping all those improvements make that landing work. I'm getting tired of telling my coworkers "yeah, they launched. Yeah, it blew up again"

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I wish NSF wouldn’t anthropomorphise the Starships and Superheavies.

Everyone knows they hate it.

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14 hours ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

This. The system worked. The rules worked. The existing regulations worked
However, just add a bit more mud...

now, “RUD” to me sounds like it wasn’t deliberately terminated...

grimes in a rather strange outfit standing before BN1 in the high bay. 

"Unscheduled" presumably means just that.  It wasn't on the flight plan, but happened when it veered off course and the range officer (human or software) pushed the big red button and the rapid disassembly happened.

I suspect you also have to push it early enough that the debris falls in the allowed area.

31 minutes ago, KSK said:

I wish NSF wouldn’t anthropomorphise the Starships and Superheavies.

Everyone knows they hate it.

Sorry.  All sufficiently large vehicles are  anthropomorphized.  Probably predates Homer.

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1 hour ago, sevenperforce said:

The foreshortening in that photo is extreme. The booster looks less the size of BN1 and more like the size of Falcon 9. But shiny.

Yeah, my own pics of F9 at Hawthorne very much have the same effect.

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19 hours ago, magnemoe said:

Her leg looks super weird, 

Like a kid did a cutNpaste photoshop job 

Except - it could be a really weird stocking designed to mimic exactly that

 

 

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