Payload Fairing Waltz

SpaceX released this lovely clip from a camera inside half of one of their payload fairings, taken after fairing separation.  Payload fairings are usually in two pieces, which split apart explosively, with the separation charges set in just such a way as to cause them to tumble neatly away from the spacecraft without recontacting the rocket.  This video just shows the tumbling, set to the Blue Danube (of course).  It’s quite lovely, and it’s a bit of a rocket’s flight that we seldom (if ever) get to see.


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