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Re: Falcon Heavy and Starman documentary
« Reply #20 on: 03/12/2018 03:18 pm »
You might ask yourself, "What happens to the aerodynamic stability if the legs are deployed at 180 mph and the resulting shift in the center of pressure."

I don't know how quickly the vehicle guidance would lose control but it would be too quick to allow it to happen in the general case.

The drag on the legs, alone, might have prevented deployment. initial deployment has very little leverage, and they likely designed the leg pistons to only overcome the drag force of a typical landing.
« Last Edit: 03/12/2018 03:34 pm by RoboGoofers »