posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 12:03 PM
What about the chaos theory?
My biggest quandary is variables that would impact the trajectory of the rocket while it is spinning. The primary variable to consider is the effect
of air on the hind rocket tail fins. The results from a rocket spinning ultimately out of control added to the variable tail fin altercations of
trajectory would likely effect the overall path. Inherently you would always see an imperfect spiral because the tail fins are designed to be control
centers for a linear trajectory ergo only providing control while in forward motion. While spinning in a nonlinear motion air particles would contact
the plain of the fin instead of the edge creating friction / air patterns that would be outside human control. Not to mention the inherent variable
air currents that come with disturbing the air under different circumstances. The fluctuations in air currents as well as inherent aerodynamics in the
tail would effect overall velocity of the spin as well as trajectory of the rocket.
Remember objects always try to follow the path of least resistance. The tail fins would provide a means for a less resistant path in the form of
linear control meaning that the rocket would inherently try to straighten itself out every now and again however would be unable because of its rear
propulsion. I've seen this many times in badly designed model rockets, they create a spiral in the sky but that spiral is inherently imperfect
because of the influences of outside variables.
That computer simulation does not account for the influences of air currents on the rocket's trajectory nor does it account for many other
unmentioned chaotic variables.
I'm not saying this wasn't a failed rocket but to ultimately jump to that conclusion without considering other variables is just bad science.
If ⅓(x+y)=z and x was never taken into account then z will = ⅓y and your calculation will be off.
I could not find the wind patters for that particular date as of yet, however this is what wind conditions in Europe look like right now. I'm sure
you will understand the relevance.
Surely even if the rocket behaved in the fashion causing the effects we observed you would at least figure the wind would have affected the particles
contained in the afterglow..
If you don't understand what I am trying to say I would be more than happy to illustrate.
I had another thought. how come the spiral ascent (if that is what we see) in the image is unaltered? What I mean by that is aircurrents (whether
those are disturbances caused by the rocket or the effects of the prevailing winds, which btw where never mentioned.) added with the 32 ft per second
gravitational influence would have created inherently chaotic effects, how come no effects of this nature where observed?
[edit on 17-12-2009 by DaMod]