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Apr 15, 2015, 10:07 PM
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Comparing crashes

CRS-6 First Stage Landing (0 min 23 sec)

After many ice obstructed videos from onboard the rocket, lost viewfinder videos from a chase plane, & partially visible gopro videos from the barge, it was the 1st watchable footage of a landing ever captured. It was most impressive by how hard it was to make the video & how far they continued with no footage of a previous landing to go by.

The final landing attempt was the most aggressive out of control fall, following by last minute suicide burn. The legs deployed 7 seconds before touchdown, while in previous videos they deployed 10 & 9 seconds before touchdown. If they used the more conservative approach of the past landings, it would have made it.

They obviously tried to stretch the fuel farthest with the least stable approach they could get away with, but it's not stable enough to recover from. They need a customer with an even lighter payload than NASA, but so far, NASA is the only customer willing to throw away enough upmass to get this far.

There are 2 more landing attempts this year, in the form of 2 more NASA missions.
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Apr 15, 2015, 10:51 PM
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Cool video! I was looking for some video of this but all I could find were images and not-so-great GIFs. Thanks!

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