Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hovering rocket - launching and landing

I'm impressed it could land while thrusting. That's a lot of heat, over pressure, and debris blowing back at the rocket when hovering just above the ground. As a matter of fact, during most launches water is dumped beneath the rocket motors to absorb and dampen much of the noise energy. Yes, rockets are so loud that the sheer noise itself, reflecting upward, can damage the craft if not managed.

High energy system almost doesn't begin to describe the dynamics of a spacecraft making its ascent...

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