[amsat-bb] Dragon first stage recovery?
wa4sca at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 13:32:34 UTC 2016
Paul et al,
Thanks for the link. Apparently it IS as difficult as I thought to do it as sea. If I were on the
welding team, I would be looking over my shoulder at the rocket, just in case. :) It will be
interesting to see what they do once this moves from proof of principle to operational. Being SpaceX,
it will be undoubtedly innovative and efficient.
<From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Paul Stoetzer
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<To: Alan Biddle <APBIDDLE at mailaps.org>
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<Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Dragon first stage recovery?
<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
<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
<> is, as such things go, trivial, but on an autonomous ship in rough waters adds many complications.
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