75x105 cm, acrylic on canvas
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket separates and begins its journey back home. Speed is more than two thousand meters per second, altitude is more than 150 kilometers. The stage makes a flip maneuver and prepares for the boostback phase. Carefully calculated burns slow down the vehicle and guide it to the drone ship in the illimitable ocean.Powerful thermal and aerodynamic load stress. Materials are working at the edge of its performance capabilities. High-precision control system is operating with the grid fins and cold gas thrusters to overcome disturbances. Suicide burn! The central engine ignites at the last moment, levels the stage under drone ship, the landing gears deploy and — perfect landing!
Of course I still love you. Beautiful story of technology and romance.
This painting was shown at the following exhibitions:
February 2018 — exhibition at the Novosibirsk Planetarium, Novosibirsk
November 2017 — exhibition Way to Zero-G at Planetarium №1, St. Petersburg
July–August 2017 — exhibition Way to Zero-G at the creative cluster ARTMUZA, St. Petersburg
April 2017 — exhibition Way to Zero-G dedicated to Cosmonautics Day at the Loft Project ETAGI, St. Petersburg