Yes. And shortly after that the first stage telemetry readout on the webcast froze. But when they cut to the drone ship I figured it was just what they were feeding the public that was missing. Then there was a little orange glow in the upper RH corner and the seagulls on the drone ship just kept on walking around.....Did you notice there appeared to be flames from the bottom even after the entry burn should have terminated? It looked bad at that point.
I was wondering if that was plasma from hitting the atmosphere. It was decelerating nicely at that point so atmosphere was there, dissipating entry energy. I think I have seen that before, but can't remember for sure.Did you notice there appeared to be flames from the bottom even after the entry burn should have terminated? It looked bad at that point.
Default mode is indeed a splash in case of failure. But that's not an "active" thing, it is a passive thing since the booster will always fall ballistically into the ocean if the guidance is not working properly.The default mode in case of failure was splash. Probably last night was similar.
SpaceX began to scrap SN12, for which major sections were already built, a month ago. SN5 and SN6 are also being scrapped or have already been scrapped. SN13 and SN14 never showed significant progress.I read an article that I don't have a link to that said, after SN10, there is an SN11 prototype of basically the same design, and SN11 is the last of this design. The plan was for SN15 to have major upgrades, and the prototypes SN8-SN14 were to be the same basic design for testing before doing the upgrades. They've stopped doing work on parts designated for 12, 13, and 14, and they have begun stacking SN15. So presumably that means they already have enough information from the test flights so far, or expect to have it by the time they have flown SN11, that they are comfortable canceling the remaining prototypes of this design and moving on to the major upgrades for SN15. That seems like good news.
The thing that so many forget, and lots of fanbois pretend not to be true, is that SN1 was supposed to fly late October to November of 2019 (yes, I said 2019). It turned out to be a hunk of junk, relatively speaking (so many wrinkles from hand-laid pieces welded 100% by hand). So instead of flying it, they pressurized it to see how much it woud take before bursting. And then finally got their crap together, bringing serious machinery to help with fabrication and automated welding.To put the build cadence into perspective: SN1 got destroyed during testing almost exactly one year ago (Feb 28th, 2020).
Thanks for posting that link to the status updates.SpaceX began to scrap SN12, for which major sections were already built, a month ago. SN5 and SN6 are also being scrapped or have already been scrapped. SN13 and SN14 never showed significant progress.
A nice visual status update of SpaceX's build progress can be found in the Twitter feed of Brendan Lewis.
This was his last update:
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To put the build cadence into perspective: SN1 got destroyed during testing almost exactly one year ago (Feb 28th, 2020).