It depends upon how much oomph they need for the mission. If they need more impulse they will burn longer which means less fuel for a landing. When Falcon Heavy flew the two side boosters were released and had enough fuel left to turn around and land in Florida but the main booster burned longer and so it needed to land on a barge at sea. Unfortunately, it didn't have enough fuel left to safely land on the barge.Does the first stage return depend on the trajectory of the mission? I thought they were landing the stages right back at the Cape. Or did the fact that POTUS and VPOTUS were around nix the idea of a first stage coming hurtling back to Cape Canaveral?
Their coverage was so sophomoric and vacuous (With the exception of Mike Massimino) that I think it actually sucked away several IQ points
But not before 3-5 more flights - it would be a shame to mothball a perfectly re-usable piece of machinery that has plenty of service life left in it!I hope that booster ends up in the Smithsonian. Putting it in the hanger with Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy center would be awesome.
This reminds me - I have two in my build pile: Falcon 9 from SpaceX, and Falcon Heavy from Dr. Zooch.Woohoo. Who is building a kit?
The link is usually disrupted by the rocket exhaust during landing. They will likely have recorded video and can access that after they get to the barge. They might release it if we are lucky .So, being that the Falcon's camera died and the camera on the But I Still Love You died, is there any footage of it landing?
I hope so, it's amazing how it lands!!The link is usually disrupted by the rocket exhaust during landing. They will likely have recorded video and can access that after they get to the barge. They might release it if we are lucky .
I will concur that the gal doing the twitter/social media bit was BORING imo, and the gal that was sitting between the Leland Melvin and the other gal was doing an excessive (imo) amount of head swivelling from one person to the next, but maybe the set was just laid out poorly. The interview with Gwen Shotwell was okay but the "social distancing" made the whole thing kind of cheap looking as there was excessive unfilled space or that the longer shots to get both people into frame made it seem that way.I was very happy to see things go off without a hitch today (publicly at least lol). The launches and landings have become a bit routine, but this one was special. Hopefully safe crew transport will become regular once again
Uh oh, what were they doing?
First off, I must confess to being both a space geek who already knows a lot about this stuff, and also a curmudgeon. So I realize I am definitely not the guy they had in mind when they planned their coverage. That being said, to me The Science channel coverage was like watching Macy's Christmas parade coverage with a rocket in the background instead of huge balloons.Uh oh, what were they doing?