[amsat-bb] Dragon first stage recovery?
ross at topwire.co.nz
Tue Apr 12 09:42:22 UTC 2016
> >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.
I'd like to think that the recovery crew will drain the fluids and
gases, and inert the rocket's propellant tanks *before* the welders
start on those shoes - I for one would not want to be welding anywhere
near a not-quite-empty and not yet inerted booster.
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