[amsat-bb] Dragon first stage recovery?
Stephen E. Belter
seb at wintek.com
Mon Apr 11 13:00:55 UTC 2016
Reuse on the Fox Sherpa flight would be cool, but the rocket is on the wrong coast. We're launching from Vandenberg in California.
73, Steve N9IP
Steve Belter, seb at wintek.com
> On Apr 11, 2016, at 8:57 AM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:
> From Spaceflight Now:
> "SpaceX technicians stationed on a boat near the drone ship planned to
> weld steel shoes over the rocket’s four carbon fiber and aluminum
> landing legs to keep the 156-foot-tall stage from tipping over.
> The recovery crew will safe the rocket, drain it of hazardous fluids
> and gases, and set course for Port Canaveral, the drone ship’s home
> base. Musk said the vessel is due to arrive some time Sunday.
> Once it is back in port, ground teams will retract the booster’s
> landing legs, rotate it horizontal and drive it to a SpaceX facility
> at nearby Cape Canaveral — likely launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space
> Center — for hotfire tests, Musk said.
> “Our plan is to basically fire it 10 times in a row on the ground,”
> Musk said. “If things look good at that point, then it’s qualified for
> reuse and launch. We’re hoping to re-launch on an orbital mission
> probably around … June.”"
> The plan for re-using it on an orbital mission around June is
> interesting. Perhaps Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D will be on a historic
> Paul, N8HM
>> On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 8:15 AM, Alan <wa4sca at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is there any information on how they are going to secure the first stage for return? Doing so on land
>> is, as such things go, trivial, but on an autonomous ship in rough waters adds many complications.
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