Photos of SpaceX’s floating landing barge

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The landing barge on which the first stage of the Falcon 9 attempted to land has returned to port.

Photos of the barge show signs of blast and burn damage to cargo containers and possible wreckage from the rocket covered by tarps on the platform’s deck. The rest of the vessel appeared undamaged.

These photos do not show as much wreckage as I would have expected, though my expectations here aren’t based on much knowledge. I would have thought that the first stage remains would have been more substantial.



  • PeterF

    I would guess that the wreckage they recovered was all that they were able to fish out of the water. The rest of it probably sank. Too bad they won’t release the videos of their failures I’m sure it must be spectacular (as well as the grasshopper explosion). I expect we’ll get to see it some day on the history channel like the redstone failures.

  • D K Rögnvald Williams"

    I must confess to being skeptical of Musk’s plan to land a nearly expended rocket booster on a relatively small barge. Kudos to him and his team for getting this close–the stuff of 1950’s science fiction.

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