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SpaceX Looking For Help With "Landing" Video 110

Posted by samzenpus
from the clean-it-up dept.
Maddog Batty (112434) writes "SpaceX recently made the news by managing to soft land at sea the first stage of rocket used to launch its third supply mission to the International Space Station. Telemetry reported that it was able to hover for eight seconds above the sea before running out of fuel and falling horizontal. Unfortunately, due to stormy weather at the time, their support ship wasn't able to get to the "landing" spot at the time and the first stage wasn't recovered and is likely now on the sea bed. Video of the landing was produced and transmitted to an aeroplane but unfortunately it is rather corrupted. SpaceX have attempted to improve it but it isn't much better. They are now looking for help to improve it further."
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SpaceX Looking For Help With "Landing" Video

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  • by Required Snark (1702878) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @08:23AM (#46887991)
    Sorry Chucko. Wrong on ALL COUNTS.

    I was a "rocket scientist". In fact, I worked for NASA at JPL. It's a modest little place in Pasadena, California. I doubt that you heard of it.

    I also worked on MEG-4 decoding software, so I know something about digital video streams.

    As for being a "kid", thanks for the complement. I know I look young for my age. I wrote my first program in 1968 on punch cards for an IBM 360. In PL/1.

    Now I'm going to say it again more slowly:

    The. Video. Stream. Was. Not. From. The. Rocket.

    It. Was. From. An. Aircraft. Sent. Out. To. View. The. Splashdown.

    It. Was. Not. A. Telemetry. Data. Stream.

    Since. It. Was. Not. Telemetry. It. Was. Not. Recorded. In. Analog. Form.

    The. Camera. System. Was. Not. Spacecraft. Grade.

    It. Was. An. Off. The. Shelf. Piece. Of. Equipment.

    I hope that this makes sense to you. I know it's Slashdot, so a lack of real applicable technical expertise is the way to get modded up. Unfortunately for me, I have this problem with facts: I try to stay factual, so I often get modded down. For some reason I still keep trying. I think it's a personality flaw.

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