Helodriver, Is the noise hearable in the footage coming from a chase plane or it is just her real noise ?
What's the purpose of the the big pipe you can see being attached to it, is it cooling something onboard?
I think you were right the first time: I think it's for cooling. It seems too thick for handling prop. It looks more like an air con hose. Cooling would come first and prop offload later. The environmental suits would be needed for approaching the vehicle anyway.
Quote from: deadman719 on 10/18/2014 02:20 amDoes anyone else find the shape of the flaperon interesting? What would be the purpose of the apparent twist?Prevent tip stall (i.e. washout)? Keep tip heating down during entry?
Does anyone else find the shape of the flaperon interesting? What would be the purpose of the apparent twist?
Quote from: A12 on 10/18/2014 06:37 amHelodriver, Is the noise hearable in the footage coming from a chase plane or it is just her real noise ?That is the real noise. The shuttle was even louder. There are no chase planes
(AP image) Thermal image
Do we know, if there was any crosswind?What is the nominal speed at touchdown?
Regarding the discoloration on the payload bay doors: I think we're seeing a difference in thermal protection. There are the thermal protection blankets that cover heated areas that don't require tiles, then there's a white area just ahead of the doors that appears to have some sort of white protection (painted on?), and then there's the door's themselves which show a bit of charring (less or different type of paint?). Anybody got any other ideas?
Could the solar panels it uses be part of the technology it's developing, there's nothing to say it's using the same panels on each flight.