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Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing

Aerodynamics company Airshaper ran the report to get to the bottom of it.

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
SpaceX Falcon 9 Airshaper modelAirshaper

Can wind tip over SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket once it's landed?

AirShaper, an aerodynamics analysis company, has set out to find that out and has shared its full report online, with even more detail being provided tomorrow via its blog.

The Falcon 9 rocket is currently being used to shuttle internet satellites into low-Earth orbit, 60 at a time, for its Starlink mission to provide high-speed internet in hard-to-reach areas on Earth. 

SEE ALSO: SPACEX LAUNCHED A SATELLITE INTO ORBIT ON THE FACLON 9, ITS 13TH MISSION OF THE YEAR

Wind and rockets

Wind plays a big role in how the Falcon 9 lands safely and to plan as stability is crucial. 

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Drag analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper

So AirShaper decided to run a preliminary analysis by taking a look at the public model of the rocket and then applying a uniform velocity profile of 50 meters per second. 

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Drag analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper

You can read all details of the analysis here, in a report that is thorough and easy to follow. 

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Surface pressure analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper

The Falcon 9 rocket has been working on its Starlink mission, which is setting up satellites in low-Earth orbit to be able to ping high-speed internet to people in remote areas of the world who don't currently have any, or very intermittent and slow, internet connection. 

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Surface pressure analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, view from top, Source: AirShaper

It's crucial for the Falcon 9 to be able to land steadily, and indeed, natural occurrences can either limit, push back, or altogether destroy certain projects if not all factors are taken into consideration. 

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Flow analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper
Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Flow analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper
Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Flow analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper

Understanding the aerodynamics behind a big project is crucial for it to operate as smoothly as possible, from Elon Musk's Tesla Cybertruck to Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, they all have to be thoroughly checked and understood in terms of aerodynamics. 

Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Noise analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper
Aerodynamics Report Checks If Wind Can Tip SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket after Landing
Noise analysis in the report of the Falcon 9, Source: AirShaper

It'll be exciting to read a point by point breakdown of the report tomorrow, Saturday 27 June, by AirShaper.

 

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