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I suppose the slide wire could be useful in the event of an RCS fuel leak....

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It could also be useful for pad workers while the rocket isn't fueled. If the tower or the fuel pipes near it caught fire or something.

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5 hours ago, Shpaget said:

For what kind of fire are they supposed to provide escape route? They don't look nearly fast enough to escape the fires we usually see when rockets start burning at the wrong end.

Is this more of a feel good system than one that's actually supposed to help?

Considering that the only faster way down is jumping off the tower those zipline baskets don't look so bad.

Edited by Wjolcz

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I can't remember who asked how the front fins articulate whilst on a curve, but I think this diagram is pretty clear.

 

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On 4/4/2020 at 8:11 AM, Wjolcz said:

Considering that the only faster way down is jumping off the tower those zipline baskets don't look so bad.

That's what personal parachutes are for.

Rogallo_wing_chute.png

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 Confirmed, testing configuration error on SN3:


Tho, one is given to wonder how such an error was made in the first place...

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11 minutes ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

 Confirmed, testing configuration error on SN3:


Tho, one is given to wonder how such an error was made in the first place...

The same way altimeter in a rocket could be installed upside down :) Human ingenuity knows no bounds :cool:

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Also Raptors!

And the exchange above continued:

 

And discussion of the raptors. The middle one looks weird.

Ultra wide lens probably?

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It's possible they simply don't have their nozzle extensions added yet.

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I bet the middle Raptor isn't different. Seems like a lens + rotation + engine stand illusion. It's rotated and they obviously use different engine stands. The middle one probably has different dimensions. The one on the right looks completely different. 

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I think that the one on the right just has its turbopump hidden from view, you can match some of the piping from the other two raptors to it to correlate it's rotation.

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Posted (edited)

Even more Elon tweets:

Starship IS self-supporting without propellant loaded.

Raptor is maturing. Less wiring means fewer sensors.

Edited by RCgothic

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Posted (edited)

Working under pressure causes underpressure.

But overpressure with work causes overpressure.

Edited by kerbiloid

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1 hour ago, tater said:

 

Wowowow

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Yeah, Musk said he thought they could reuse the thrust structure.

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And after years of begging, they’ve finally released the Bulgariasat landing!

And it’s... not that remarkable... :P

 

 

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Are they going to land a passenger ship in the same manner?

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That is one spicy landing!

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