Reply to post: Tall items don't fall intact

SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

Jonathan Richards 1
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Tall items don't fall intact

Just look at chimney demolitions. Although the initial tilt from the vertical begins with the chimney intact, the fabric cannot transmit the forces necessary to accelerate the top of the chimney along a circular arc, and it breaks at its weakest point. I don't know if anyone has tried toppling a Falcon 9 to see what would happen; I guess a bit of computer simulation would give the answer as to whether its stiffness was up to it.

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