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Questions tagged [booster-flyback]

Questions regarding boosters returning to the launch site after separation

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Why do rockets not glide back?

After stage separation, why do the rockets not glide back to Earth with wings? Is retro propulsion a better idea than gliding rockets back to 'Earth'? Take Energia-II as an example: Source: buran.ru ...
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Is a SpaceX launch completely automated?

Once the engines are ignited and liftoff occurs, are any operators/controllers on the ground making any manual changes to the flight? Or are they simply monitoring the entire event until the boosters ...
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How do current reusable boosters create fuel pressure for retro-burn? [duplicate]

For the SpaceX launches of the Falcon9 and Falcon Heavy, and also Blue Origin launch vehicles, the booster stage lands with a controlled decent and firing of main engines for retro-thrust. During ...
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How do re-usable boosters handle re-entry damage? [duplicate]

Watching Falcon Heavy's side boosters land, I was amazed that they could withstand the stresses of re-entry yet still fire again for a (relatively) slow, smooth landing. I see there are heat shields ...
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Could the solid boosters of SLS be replaced by reusable Falcon 9 first stages?

Is it feasible to redesign the Space Launch System to use a pair of reusable Falcon 9 first stages instead of the five-segment solid boosters now being developed? The reason would be to lower launch ...
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How much fuel remains in a booster such as the one used for Jason-3

Building off of this question, I am curious as to how much (just a simple magnitude of order) propellant remains inside a booster to cause such an explosion? Considering cost, I would expect very ...
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Mathematics used for F9R flyback and landing [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone may have useful links to the mathematics used by the F9R that allowed it to fly back to LZ-1 and land successfully. I'm hoping to find some papers that will give the broadest ...
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Is it a problem that Falcon 9R landing legs are getting sizzling hot and catching flames during booster landing?

The videos of the test and live landings appear to show smoke and a few times flames coming from the landing legs. Will this be engineered out in later development or is it something else? Would it ...
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How rough was the redirecting, re-entry and landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9?

How big was the acceleration during the different phases after the stage separation? Would it be safe to land a human being that way? (at least taking only the g-forces into account, as I suppose ...
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How did the Falcon 9's 1st stage return back to Cape Canaveral?

SpaceX's original plan was landing the 1st stage to a landing ship, that waits far away from the launch site, and it was like this: But tonight, the rocket's first stage landed at Cape Canaveral. ...
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Will we see the barge landing live during the SpaceX CRS-5 webcast?

I wonder if SpaceX will cover the barge lading of the Falcon 9 first stage live during the upcoming launch for the fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station or not? NASA TV's CRS-5 ...
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Through what mechanisms would SpaceX test and examine the returned CRS-5 first stage?

A significant minority of the users over at the /r/SpaceX Reddit community seem to be of the opinion that SpaceX will attempt to reuse the Falcon 9 CRS-5 first stage provided it lands on the downrange ...
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What is the value of the cross-track angle between the two designated CRS-4 first stage recovery zones?

For the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on its Dragon/CRS-4 cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, according to Spaceflight 101, two downrange safety zones have been identified: The SpX-...
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How is SpaceX going to land their Falcon first stage?

SpaceX's attempt at a reusable first stage rocket sounds amazing, but how they're going to get it to land back on the launchpad is beyond me. Assuming that the first stage will separate with a speed ...
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Are the Falcon 9 landing legs aerodynamic surfaces as well?

With the CRS-3 (SpaceX-3) launch of a Falcon 9 v1.1 with a Dragon capsule to the ISS the F-9 will launch with landing legs for the first time. Elon Musk Tweeted an image of the legs mounted on the ...