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SpaceX Starship Belly Flop.

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It just blows my mind how such a heavy and tall object free falling can be controlled so precisely to land like that...

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Just goes to show the power of that flame. That ground must be so reinforced.

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It amazes me that it is a marvel of technology and can do everything you just said... And yet it still looks like a dildo

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Maybe a dumb question (definitely an ignorant one) - how much manual adjustment is being done to correct the vessel, vs automatic adjustment based on gyros and sensors?

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Reminds me of countless hours with Kerbal space program.

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It blows my mind how advanced this thing is, doing things that were scifi ideas ten years ago... and all the comments are children referring to it as a penis and unable to wrap thier heads around the name belly flop.

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Making messages and flexing to the aliens slowly

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Ultimate bottle flip

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Yes I too have seen your mom get out of her car

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Belly flip?

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ding ding ding

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Does anyone know what a "belly flop" is anymore...? Or can anything mean anything to anyone these days?

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· 3 mo. ago

I do; I had the bruises for a week to remind me.

After something like that; you never forget what a belly flop is.

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Title should be

Space X belly flop to perfect landing

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Literally.

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I was waiting for it to crash….. but alas. It did not.

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· 3 mo. ago · edited 3 mo. ago

It's called the belly flop because it's easy to remember and because it literally flops its belly down to the ground. This rocket literally turns off its engines at the top of its apogee, using only it's flaps, and falls (uncontrolled by engines, barely uses fuel until flip and burn, unlike Falcon 9, which is controlled by an engine during decent and landing) to the ground, belly down. Then it does the flip manuver by relighting all three of his engines and turning off the least successful engine just in case one engines don't relight. This results in the needed G forces to snap out the landing legs, and it then lands on these legs.

The landing maneuver is called the flip 'n burn. The falling out of the sky is called a belly flop. The landing is not called a belly flop. Make sense?

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Right? I was waiting for it to flop down into the ocean.

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