But my jaw was on the floor. The precision rocketry here is phenomenal. Almost speechless.
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Pretty cool. I wonder how close they were to expending all of the fuel onboard? In other words, it's great that you can take off and land like that but what good is it if you can't go anywhere first?
voodoolord said:Im not a rocket scientist but I play one on tv, well I dont play one on tv either but I do know how complicated it is to control a rocket with that kind of precision in gravity. I guess it would be the same complication in no or low gravity but the amount of chem fuel needed to guide it back to the ground in the exact same spot is considerable. That just makes it more impressive in my opinion. Ive been interested in that aspect of science my whole life and have never seen that type of control with a rocket before. Glad you guys minus Chris liked it By the way SpaceX is a private corporation and did this on their own with no government involvement that I know of. That in its self is pretty cool.
its the potential that is incredible... so launch from one place and be able to travel at high speed only to set back down somewhere else... This control tech could be used for other applications like airplanes... Can you imagine putting a kidney or heart in one, sending it at Mach 3 to a hospital on the other side of the country and have it land on the helo port on the roof...
We already have that type of control with airplanes and helicopters, its the fact that its a rocket that makes it impressive. The problem with using rocket tech in the way you mentioned is the wash from the chem engines. You would need large ports with enough space to dissipate the heat and gasses. I would like to know how much range that rocket has, from the looks not much. We need better propulsion systems to make your thoughts reality.