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https://www.americaspace.com/2018/12/06/teams-working-to-recover-floating-falcon-9-rocket-off-cape-canaveral/
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They're going to finally bring her in tomorrow morning. Divers spent today putting on inflatable bags
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>>10195457
I was surprised it was floating. I thought it would rupture.
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>>10195593
It lands at 0 m/s. The interstate which hit the water after toppling with the most force got pretty bent, but other than that there’s not really a reason anything would catastrophically fail
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>>10195457
Stabilized parts of the footage
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Man those things are big. Can’t wait for BFR; it’s like 2x the diameter
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>>10195721
The boosters without landing legs that tipped over in the water all exploded.
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>>10195457
so much for self-landing boosters

>>10195840
i think that was precautionary detonations.
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>>10195924
>i think that was precautionary detonations.
They exploded because the tanks ruptured. The previous booster that soft-landed couldn't be recovered and was destroyed.
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>>10195721
>lands at 0m/s
the bottom does, then the top lands with some slap velocity
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!!!reusable rockets leak dangerous deadly toxic cancer inducing chemicals in the water we drink and the oceans!!!

!!!call your local representatives and demand IMMEDIATE BAN on all reusable rockets!!!

!!!protect yourself, protect your family, protect the environment!!!

!!!BAN REUSABLE ROCKETS!!!
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>>10196139
Please, don't.
There's nothing on this rocket any worse than all the expendable rockets that routinely crash into the ocean, and probably less than most.
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>>10196139
Ban automobiles first, Jeff.
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>>10196164
Don't eat the bait
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>>10195457
R E U S A B I L I T Y I S A M E M E
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>>10195457

OH SHIT SOMEONE GOT THERE FIRST

what would you do with a recovered first stage? sell it? keep it? ransom?
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Footage from USLaunchReport https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsyfC2i0mmQ

So this is what it looks like when a supersonic booster is tumbling out of control...
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>>10196673
You could actually see the bow shock the first stage generates.
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>>10196642
Give it back quick as fuck before they file a gigantic lawsuit
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>>10195927
It couldn't be recovered in time.
SpaceX expected it to blow up and sink, but it didn't. They wanted to tow it back, but the Air Force (or which ever military body in the area) said get it now or we have to destroy it for safety reasons.
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>>10196642
>>10196685

Protip: Thats not a spaceX booster

Fake internet points to whoever knows what its really from
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>>10196781
STS ya idiot
I'd like to think that's common knowledge
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>>10196773
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>>10196777

Doesn't look too bad. I bet they can refurb it without having to replace too much of it.

Of course this is my analysis from three photos off the internet.
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>>10196772
They should have taped a trolling motor to it with a car battery and putted it around until the big shit could get there and haul it in. Then they could tell the military to fuck off.
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interstage is cracked

>>10196787
the issue was the rocket couldn't go through the auto-safing procedure. Wasn't safe to approach
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>>10196782
No shit, its an SRB to be specific
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>>10196792
Well, I wouldn't go balls out near it, but I'm sure something could have been done to tow it. I mean they put these things in space and land them on drone ships. I'm sure someone there could come up with something for the future.
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>>10196773
Did they lose one of the grid fins? It seems like one of the most robust and readily reusable component on the booster.
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>>10196549
I know it's bait but I just don't want people spouting really stupid shit because others who don't notice the bait start repeating it.
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>>10196792
>interstage is cracked
Not too surprising.
I bet they'll use this booster for the inflight launch abort.
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>>10197291
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>>10197298
would be funny if an A-003 abort repeat happened
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>>10195995
the bottom was also sinking into the water when the top was flipping
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>>10197413
Yes, that pretty much a good description of internet communities.
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>>10197472
It is actually a tactic to ruin forums too.
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>>10196676
nice catch!
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>>10196676
Very cool.
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it's out
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>>10199421
dragon was berthed too
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that engine bell crumple will buff right out
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>>10199854
look at all that green, that's copper oxidation if I've ever seen any
how many grid-fins were recovered?
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>>10199860
3, apparently. they took the "bottom" one off I think to make it not be so sluggish during the towing process
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>>10199854
Dent puller, putty, and new paint is all it needs.
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>>10200032
>new paint is all it needs.

a drum of rustoleum bbq paint should be ok
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>>10199854
Manley thinks they have done it accidentally, or even as collateral, when removing the landing leg from that side.
I don't think it'll buff out, but it won't cost too much to replace.

The more I look at this the more likely I think they'll use it for the inflight abort. They've probably got enough old stock still sitting around it'll become a little mishmash of old and new parts which they'll blow up.

Also, that Dodd said that this was the second flight of the new COPV in the second stage, so it's going to be interesting if this counts against or if adding a redundant hydraulic pump resets the launch count for the "frozen" design.
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>>10200052
I'm sure they can just do additional MTFB/QC testing of their current pumps, and leave the commcrew boosters alone for the sake of staticness
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>>10200052
>Also, that Dodd said that this was the second flight of the new COPV in the second stage, so it's going to be interesting if this counts against...
This has been confirmed by Hans Koenigsman, but he's unsure if it does. A NASA rep was asked if it did and they just said it's complicated.

>...or if adding a redundant hydraulic pump resets the launch count for the "frozen" design.

Hans doesn't think so, this is logical because the design freeze allows small reliability and performance improvements, which a backup pump would likely fall under.



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