It's going to be a trip to see something that big go. BN1 was built and scrapped....I think BN2 might be begged to fly. I'm assuming they fly this one and land it just like the Falcon9.....but would not be surprised if they ditch it instead of landing. Thinking they will only have maybe 4 raptors for the initial test flights.
Yea. I know he's pushing the "catching" theory alot. Maybe so.
It can be done....we will have to wait and see.
My initial thoughts about it is doing this would save landing leg weight, but you'd have to add enough structural support in the starship to stand the stresses of the catch points......I'm not sure the tradeoff is worth it.
Static forces and dynamic forces are quite different. You'd have to assume it is traveling very slowly at the time of the catch to limit those dynamic forces......and it would have to be repeatable or you will lose ships and perhaps damage the catcher.
So if you need to have the ship close to a hover to catch it, why not just land it.
The advantage of catching would be handling ease to re-stack and fly again.
I just don't know...very intriguing and exciting.
Hoping for static fire and flight this week of SN15, weather and tech issues willing.....
Post by Shibumi-Mandeville I-12/Hwy59 on Apr 30, 2021 12:15:52 GMT -6
Looks like a weather scrub. Hopefully next week gives them a good window.
They get a lot of wind there..maybe cloud cover or winds....or both. ...not sure what the restrictions they place on themselves is for flights.....whether it's near surface winds or higher-level winds.
Post by Shibumi-Mandeville I-12/Hwy59 on May 5, 2021 15:36:07 GMT -6
Getting closer to launch... the fuel condenser is active....fueling should begin soon. Still cloudy so need to watch the official SpaceX stream when it comes up just before launch as ground cameras won't be able to watch more than the launch and landing (attempt).