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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #920 on: 01/11/2015 06:16 PM »


Check out the top of the yellow I-Beam that is in the foregound of the scorched white container! The top is bent down, indicating point of impact of some sort.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #921 on: 01/11/2015 06:17 PM »
From reddit /u/relevant__comment:

http://i.imgur.com/hmV0WsT.jpg

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #922 on: 01/11/2015 06:17 PM »
At far left, atop one of the containers you can see a white hemispherical VSAT antenna dome got knocked off.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #923 on: 01/11/2015 06:18 PM »
Some covered debris on the right lets hope they are engines

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #924 on: 01/11/2015 06:20 PM »
At far left, atop one of the containers you can see a white hemispherical VSAT antenna dome got knocked off.

That camera up there should have had a good view of the action!

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #925 on: 01/11/2015 06:23 PM »

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #926 on: 01/11/2015 06:24 PM »
Looks like the water cannon is pointing the right way  :)
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #927 on: 01/11/2015 06:25 PM »
Some damage at stern hull on sides.
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With the location known, I wonder if a large section like the engines did go overboard will they send a recovery team out to get them?   

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #929 on: 01/11/2015 06:27 PM »
This is the stuff of sci-fi

A 100' first stage, legs extended, engine on, almost hovering, but losing the fight to land...  That would make a HELL of an action sequence...
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #930 on: 01/11/2015 06:34 PM »
Think how boring this would be if SpaceX would have supplied all the answers. Now it reads like a live spy novell :D

Everyone and their dogs are running around trying to get photos.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #931 on: 01/11/2015 06:36 PM »
With what appears to be impact damage on the top of the thruster hydraulic power unit and obvious fire damage, would it be a safe assumption that this is where the stage attempted to land?  The reason I think the damaged hydraulic roof shows signs of impact damage is because the way the center is collapsed and corners are angled upwards.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #932 on: 01/11/2015 06:37 PM »
« Last Edit: 01/11/2015 06:39 PM by cartman »


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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #934 on: 01/11/2015 06:39 PM »
It makes the most sense that EIII is always towing, and GM is assisting from behind. 

It's possible that GM, being a local pilot, is in command - and has the freedom to disengage and push from other directions if necessary.

Yes, I always assumed the GM was basically steering the barge, rather than just there to push.  I guess they can't use the thruster pods in the river.

Anyway, deck looked empty to me.
If you've already eliminated hardware failure as a cause for the unsuccessful landing, what would be the value in bringing back the pieces?  It'll be simpler to just dispose of them at sea after taking some pictures -- with the added advantage that there won't be pictures of the barge coming into port with pieces of a "failure" (even though we know it wasn't).

I expect bulky stuff like tankage would go over the side, but anything left of the engines, and maybe the interstage too, might be nice to have.  Do rocket bells make good crumple zones?

OTOH SpaceX may not want to get bogged down in forensics if they have such a good chance of recovering an intact stage next time.  I hope the ASDS can be ready in time - I work with machinery and tools with dents and dinks in them that can be happily ignored (and yes, some of them were my fault  :-[)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #935 on: 01/11/2015 06:41 PM »
 WoW

10 meter from success !!!!  ;D ;D

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #936 on: 01/11/2015 06:41 PM »
The paint job is fine - it came down too low, trying to reach center-barge when it ran out of altitude.

If it hit the corner, than some pieces would have stayed above board, but most of the rocket would have tumbled out probably.  Maybe.  Just first impression.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #937 on: 01/11/2015 06:42 PM »
Now we can see how little of the first stage survived. And personally I wouldn't expect to see much more. There is probably no chance of recovering more pieces without some complex and expensive deep sea operations. Nevertheless, I'm glad they managed to recover something.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #938 on: 01/11/2015 06:45 PM »
WoW

10 meter from success !!!!  ;D ;D
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #939 on: 01/11/2015 06:46 PM »


Not much left of the stage judging by the volume of material under the tarps.

I have to wonder if they will errect blast shields at either end of the barge to protect the containers & equipment in the future?
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