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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:48 pm

The rocket launches, deploys the escape stage, then lands in proper sci-fi style!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/10/05/why-jeff-bezos-may-crash-his-historic-rocket/
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:49 pm

Now that is impressive! Both retrieved. Not that I'm ready to go for a flight but private systems are doing very well. Where is NASA?
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:06 pm

Haven't you heard? They have a new version of the Apollo capsule atop one of those fun shuttle solid rocket boosters.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:38 pm

I worked for Beckman back when solid rockets were made by Thikol in the Salt lake area. I will say they were strong. They also periodicaly blew up the bunker they were tested in. I sold a lot of IR spectros to them that they used to monitor fuel. I would really feel more comfortable if they solved the O-ring problem they had earlier. Not certain their problem but probably NASA. Solid fuel is just not controllable but gives great force and lighter. Once lighted well your off!

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Post by Guest on Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:41 pm

Proper sci-fi style for sure! Very Happy


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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:02 pm

jerryhawthorne wrote:I worked for Beckman back when solid rockets were made by Thikol in the Salt lake area.  I will say they were strong.  They also periodicaly blew up the bunker they were tested in.  I sold a lot of IR spectros to them that they used to monitor fuel.  I would really feel more comfortable if they solved the O-ring problem they had earlier.  Not certain their problem but probably NASA.  Solid fuel is just not controllable but gives great force and lighter.  Once lighted well your off!

I used to work not way too far from where they did some of their testing out on the test and training range. Sometimes you could see the sky flicker a bit when they did evening tests.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:21 am

75, my dad worked at rocketdyne in So. CA and took me up one night to watch a test firing of one of their large engines on a test stand up in the mountains. Talk about lighting up the sky!

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:14 am

Those were the days!
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