Failed VirtueAt the end of last month, the second phase of SpaceX Falcon 9 entered orbit, Spectacular light show Over the Northwest Pacific, but the incident caused a large part of the rocket to crash on farmers’ fields.
The second stage should have been burned in the Pacific O zoneSein Away from densely populated areas, but Derailment burn failure Leading to an uncontrollable re-entry on March 26, 2021.
A fascinating video taken from the ground showed that a small piece of luminous debris was passing through the sky around 9:00 pm local time, which is why the upper components of the rocket burned and decomposed on the west coast of the United States.
The failed deorbit occurred about three weeks after the launch of the rocket, in which Falcon 9 successfully placed 60 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit. Shortly after launch from the Kennedy Space Center on March 4, the first phase successfully landed on the drone ship.
SpaceX has been silent about the whole thing. THe is now the “Three Cities Herald” report that The charred piece in the second stage hits a farmer’s field in Washington State.This The residue appears to be a composite wrapped pressure vessel or COPV, which is designed to transport fluids such as ultra-cold helium under pressure.
Kyle Foreman of Grant County Sheriff’s Office Tell the Tricity Herald The tank left a 4-inch dent in the ground. After contacting a representative of the sheriff’s office, SpaceX arrived at the scene to collect garbage.
“SpaceX recovered the composite-wrapped pressure vessel from the Falcon 9 reentry last week,” Tweet Sheriff of Grant County. “It was found on private property in the southwestern part of Grant County this week. Media and treasure hunters: We did not disclose specific details.”
The sheriff’s office added: “The property owner just wants to be alone.”
As for what went wrong during the de-orbit, “there was not enough propellant to ignite the Merlin engine and complete the combustion after launch,” so “the propellant was discharged into space,” resulting in “uncontrolled re-entry into the atmosphere.” Eric Berger Reported At Ars Technica.
A similar incident occurred in 2014, when the Falcon 9’s apparent COPV Sign in in Brazil. Fortunately, no one was injured in these incidents. Thankfully, Yes rare. So far, SpaceX has completed 111 Falcon 9 launches, including 71 landings in the first phase and 54 missions involving rebound rockets.