The rocket’s first stage may have been underperforming. According to a mission overview distributed by Firefly before the launch, the vehicle was supposed to reach the speed of Mach 1 67 seconds after liftoff, followed by maximum dynamic pressure nine seconds later. However, launch controllers did not report that the vehicle was supersonic until 2 minutes and 20 seconds after liftoff, about 10 seconds before the vehicle exploded.
Tugger wrote:I watched the Everyday Astronaut stream and what piqued my interest was when he pointed out that the engines were not fully gimballed, each able to move back and forth. With the idea that between the four of them they had full directional control. However what happen if one fails? I guess they decided one fails the rocket fails?
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