Latest SpaceX Advantage is Auto Self-Destruct

DooKey

[H]F Junkie
Joined
Apr 25, 2001
Messages
8,699
SpaceX has worked with the Air Force to design and deploy a new system that allows their rockets to self-destruct without intervention from a range safety officer. This is an important feature because it will allow rockets to be launched into polar orbit from Cape Canaveral because they won't need to be tracked by radar when launched. Another good reason is that it will allow the rocket more time to make flight corrections before it is destroyed. Finally, SpaceX doesn't need to pay the Air Force for use of personnel and equipment to track the rocket during launch. Overall, this tech will make launches safer and less costly. Good going SpaceX!

Most impressively, the automated system will make it possible for SpaceX to fly multiple boosters at once in a single launch. Later this month, the company plans to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is built on three reusable boosters that will fly back to Earth independently after launch. Rather than having safety officers tracking each booster as they attempt to land, each will rely on their automated systems to destroy them if they go off course.
 

XenIneX

Gawd
Joined
May 19, 2012
Messages
736
Um, they are not actually gonna shoot people into space using these autonomously self destructing rockets are they?
Sure they are.

The self destruct is just a line of detcord running down the side of the rocket. Push the button, and the rocket gently unzips itself like a pair of trousers and vents its contents to atmosphere.

Just stick a few seconds of delay on the detonator. The launch escape system on Dragon 2 will have the the crew an easy half-mile away before the fireworks show starts.


Falcon 9 self-destruct: (It's not the cloud of white; it's the sudden end of the cloud a few seconds later.)
 

cyclone3d

[H]F Junkie
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Messages
13,504
Um, they are not actually gonna shoot people into space using these autonomously self destructing rockets are they?

Really????

The self destruct is mainly for IF the boosters go off course when they are returning to land AFTER that have disconnected from the rocket. It is an extra measure to prevent them from landing/causing damage where they shouldn't.

Most impressively, the automated system will make it possible for SpaceX to fly multiple boosters at once in a single launch. Later this month, the company plans to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is built on three reusable boosters that will fly back to Earth independently after launch. Rather than having safety officers tracking each booster as they attempt to land, each will rely on their automated systems to destroy them if they go off course.
It can be used for if something goes wring at launch time as well... but the booster part of it is more relevant IMHO.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Top