Falcon 9 landing leg falls during retraction

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Capitalism in space: During the processing to bring a used Falcon 9 first stage back to its hanger after its June 30th launch, one of the landing legs unexpectedly fell back to the ground during retraction.

I have embedded the video of the incident, cued to the event, below the fold. No one was hurt, and it appeared that nothing was damaged. It appears it happened because a cable holding the leg vertical snapped just before the leg got latched in place on the side of the rocket.


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  • mpthompson

    I think the local OSHA officials will be having a chat with SpaceX or their contractors about this. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but its something that should not happen on a work site. However, when it does, it’s how work sites become safer.

  • commodude

    OSHA would only get involved if there’s an injury or a complaint.

  • NA$A: shut down for two years, spend billions in studies.
    SpaceX: issue procedural update, launch again next week.

  • Edward

    A year or so ago, someone here was looking for a YouTube video that talked about the limitations of Falcon’s upper stage and how it compared to other upper stages. I had also seen this video, but could not find it again, either. Although that discussion is long over and forgotten, I believe this is what he was looking for:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoUtgWQk-Y0 (14 minutes, Scott Manley, SpaceX limitations)

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