stuff that’s hard to do (Atlas-Centaur Cygnus today)

~ vid ~

Interesting points:
• Stage-2 separation @ ~5m (smaller exhaust pipe is for the turbo pump)
• Fairing separation and start of engine steering shortly thereafter
• Engine steering for dog-leg maneuver @ ~6m30s
• Roll to point antenna shortly thereafter (see also: 2001 a Space Odyssey)
(Back in my day, all’s we ever got to see was squiggles on a chart.)

Today’s rockit-science lesson: Newton’s laws


  1. Posted April 19, 2017 at 10:07 am |

    I remember those squiggles all over the status room in Huntington Beach.

    But the pictures are way more fun.

  2. DougM (flawed)
    Posted April 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm |

    ^ Yeah, it was like getting the readout from an intensive-care monitor an hour or so delayed [insert long historical explanation here] to find out if the patient lived.
    (What? I’m an engineer, not a doctor, Jim.)

  3. mech
    Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm |

    Kinda makes one want to see the video of lil kimmy’s rocket just to appreciate these smooth launches all the more.