- Nov 25, 2011
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As long as it was still driveable I'd leave that damage.
I think the plan was to separate with spin, with no mechanical pushers. Though of course the separation is supposed to happen right away, ship igniting its engines and stopping the rotation while the booster continues the flip to start the boostback.Soooo... I assume the second stage was supposed to separate before the booster started to flip? Because the commentator made it sound as though it was expected for the thing to flip while still in one piece...
If I remember from past readings, the first and second N1s lost one engine each, leading to fire and... sort of like what we saw today. The third was loss of control not related to engines issues, and the last was prop line overpressure after the center engines shutdown, resulting in kaboom. After 1 launch, I place it right next to the N1.Anyway, honestly impressed it made it that far with 6 engines out, that alone I think puts it past N1 at its best.
I'm shocked it made it as far as it did, it was shedding parts all along its flight. Multiple engines failed and it looks like exhaust from some in quite a bit different. I wonder if RSO blew it up or what.
If that wasn't it, it's looking like they lost both hydraulic power units for good measure, so in theory TVC is lost completely. They're at the bottom near the engines, same sides as each grid fin pair, maybe those were (one of) the stuff falling off.The loss of control probably was caused by the TVC wiring shorting and/or going dead
Maybe it just looks at the coordinates of the IP, and as far as it stays inside the prescribed area, it can do all the gymnastics it wants?Not that automatic, a fully automatic FTS would have triggered at least when it cartwheeled, earliest when the roll channel saturated.