BREAKING NEWS! MORE EXTRA CREDIT! BREAKING NEWS! MORE EXTRA CREDIT!
SpaceX has scheduled two rocket launches over the next couple of days, including one from Vandenberg Air Force Base this Monday 10/9/17 at 5:37AM. You can be awake for that, right?
As awesome as it would be to take a drive up to Lompoc CA on Monday and watch it, we’d miss school. But SpaceX will stream the launches and landings. Your mission is to watch one launch and landing by steaming it live or watching it at a later time. Then complete the ONE of the following options for the launch and landing:
Create a way to show/label forces as arrows representing direction and magnitude during the launch phase or during the landing phase. This can include a video of you talking and describing the forces, a PowerPoint, or another method that can be electronically shared with Ms Benjamin.
OPTION 1: LAUNCH
- Describe the forces* acting on the rocket at the point of launching
- Describe the forces* that cause positive acceleration in the rocket
OPTION 2: FIRST STAGE LANDING:
- Describe the forces* acting on the first stage as it maneuvers to the landing site. The first stage has grid fins. How do these help the first stage maneuver?
- Describe the forces* acting on the rocket as it lands on the drone ship
*Forces to focus on: Applied force or thrust, gravitational force, air resistance, and normal force. Not all forces apply at all times. (see PowerPoint for 10.11.17/ IN 41)
SHARE WITH MS BENJAMIN VIA OFFICE 365 on or before Saturday 10.14.17. Title: “SpaceX Forces”
Still interested in more? Although it is not extra credit, you can see the first stage from the rocket launched at Vandenberg.
First, the NRC Quest, a tug/supply ship, has been contracted in the past to bring back the drone ship and first stage. It may also be bringing back the first stage from Monday's launch. While it has been taking about three days to get back to San Pedro, you can also track it using vesselfinder.com or marinetraffic.com. Just type in the vessel "NRC Quest" and you can see the ships position on the map as well as expected docking day and time.
By the end of the week (10/12 or 10/13?), the first stage should be docked in San Pedro south of 22nd St on Miner St/Harbor. Just look for the BIG YELLOW CRANE! You can't miss it. You'll be able to see the black soot from the rocket engines as the first stage came back down!