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View Diary: Awesome HD Vid of Yesterday's SpaceX Launch (24 comments)

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  •  2nd stage pulses (1+ / 0-)
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    Anyone know what was going on there, just after separation? There were several pulsed groups. Reaction control? A sputtery Merlin engine?

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 07:33:59 PM PDT

    •  They were trying for 2nd stage relight. (1+ / 0-)
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      Didn't go off well, as far as I understand.  Don't know the details though, and they're probably being kept close to the vest for trade secret reasons.  That might also explain the choppiness of the official rocketcam video during the 2nd stage portion of the flight.

      The relights are a BFD.  They wouldn't want to let anything slip that would let, say, China deduce how to copy them.

      Always apart, always asking Why.

      by Troubadour on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 08:32:45 PM PDT

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