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SpaceX Starship prototype makes clean landing

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    drannex
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    Such an awesome landing, small fire, but happy that it was dealt with quickly and effectively (although, they need more fire suppression mechanisms surrounding the launch/landing pad).

    Such an awesome landing, small fire, but happy that it was dealt with quickly and effectively (although, they need more fire suppression mechanisms surrounding the launch/landing pad).

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      suspended
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      Is this something that you have noticed or have expertise in?

      they need more fire suppression mechanisms surrounding the launch/landing pad

      Is this something that you have noticed or have expertise in?

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      1. cfabbro
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        After this landing of SN15 there was a fire visible at the base of the rocket after touchdown, which they apparently didn't manage to extinguish for several minutes. And IIRC, SN10's explosion in...

        After this landing of SN15 there was a fire visible at the base of the rocket after touchdown, which they apparently didn't manage to extinguish for several minutes.

        And IIRC, SN10's explosion in March was due to a methane leak eventually getting ignited by a fire on the rocket skirt, which they still hadn't managed to extinguish 8 minutes after touchdown.

        I ain't no rocket scientist, so whether the above incidents really are evidence that their fire suppression systems are inadequate, I obviously can't speak to definitely... but at least from my total layman's perspective, it certainly does seem like they might be.

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