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Blue Origin / Re: New Shepard - Flight 9 - July 18, 2018
« Last post by eeergo on Today at 11:59 AM »

Recap video tweeted by BlueOrigin:

Great air refraction effect seen at transsonic speeds, that allows us to actually see the shockwave. Also, post-abort shots of the capsule in free flight.
February 7 (09:20) Progress MS-11 (No. 441) Soyuz-FG Baikonur, 1/5
For BFS test hops, could they use one of their landing zones in Florida?

Very unlikely. If you learn something the hard way while testing, the impact point of your ballistic trajectory is in the middle of Disneyland.

When everything is thoroughly tested, and they're doing regular P2P flights full of passengers, maybe overflight of population centers will be as uninteresting as it is with airplanes. But initial test hops aren't going near anywhere with people.
I'm old enough to remember when passenger airliners crashing was not unusual, so I don't think we should apply modern safety analogies to spaceflight.

There will be accidents, and there will be deaths in spaceflight. Yet frequent airliner accidents and deaths just 40-50 years ago did not stop the flying public from using commercial air transport.
With average insurance payouts of $4.5M for current airliner accidents, you need to get your 'total loss' rate down below one flight in 30000 or so, in order for it not to affect revenue too much. (10%).

Launches from Vostochniy, 1S:

Meteor-M No. 2-2 - Spring
OneWeb - H2
OneWeb - H2
OneWeb - H2

Kondor-FKA n. 1
Meteor-M No. 2-3
Precision on preset landing location has been talked about a lot.

The possibility to predict from in flight where it is actually going to land has not been talked about from what I can find.

Either from its own calculations or calculations from ground observations.
For BFS test hops, could they use one of their landing zones in Florida?

If the FAA says BFS test hops aren't covered covered under the current EIS for Texas, it may be easier to get the required permissions in Florida.
By his/my reasoning a NASA led ISS-2 will be operational ca. 2040.
Therefore no need for it.
The money might buy you a lot of BFS with extended perpetual mission kit.
Planes don't carry tons of oxidiser and they don't explode mid flight unless hit with missile.

TWA 800 fuel/air explosion.

Aloha 243 explosive decompression.
Aloha 243 doesn't really count as airframe failure due to lack of maintenance much like a lot of other aircraft crashes.

TWA is about it for exploding fuel tanks, one out of how many millions of flights since.

I still don't see NASA allowing its crew on a LV without LAS.
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