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  • SpaceX Rocket Video Shows a Splashy, Soft Landing in the Atlantic Ocean

    Mercredi, 05 décembre 2018 15:30:00 De: Inverse articles Feed

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket crash-landed into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday during at attempted landing at Kennedy Air Force Base in Florida.

    The reason for the “water landing,” in the words of SpaceX engineers, was due to a failed hydraulic pump that controls the grid fin, a large directional fin used to guide the rocket into an upright landing on Earth after its reentry into the atmosphere.

    A video camera mounted on the rocket’s first stage caught the spin-out while it descended toward Florida. In the seconds between the reentry and landing burns, the Falcon 9 began to spin and hit transonic speed.

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