How SpaceX saved the Dragon capsule from destruction

On March 1, SpaceX ran a test launch of Dragon, the capsule in which it hopes to someday transport human beings into space. Dragon was due to connect with the International Space Station, but very quickly into the launch things started to go all wrong. This is a short summary of the SpaceX team managed to stop their capsule from tumbling out of control.

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  1. I wonder if solving this problem would have been easier or more difficult if the capsule had been manned. On the one hand a crew probably could have reacted faster than people on the ground, but on the other hand the probably would have coated the inside of the capsule with astronaut puke by the time the spinning stopped.

    1. I suspect the fix would have required a software upload from the ground regardless. But if communications from the ground were lost completely, a human crew could have continued to try to recover the vehicle.

      1. I suspect the fix would have required a software upload from the ground regardless.

        Man, that would be the worst wait for tech support ever.

  2. “We had this communication system we call Megaproxy. We had to the reroute the Megaproxy to go through the Air Force long-range dishes to blast the spaceship with enough intensity to upload new code to try to fix the problem.”

    It’s the Lagrange point between Star Trek technobabble and hacker movie technobabble.

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