Spectacular SpaceX Video offers insights into Falcon 9 Payload

January 6, 2018 – 10:32 am
PictureAside from the visible progress on booster reuse and its spectacular aspects associated with landing a rocket stage propulsively, there had been various rumors that SpaceX was actively looking into making the payload fairing re-usable. Production of the large composite fairing structures was foreseen to become a bottleneck in the production process of Falcon 9 rockets once engine availability - the major bottleneck in the past - is no longer an issue through increased production rate and first stage re-use (or at least engine re-use).

Therefore, SpaceX had been looking into various options for fairing reuse and likely decided to take their chances to get some video from the fairing back by adding lightweight and inexpensive GoPro cameras to the fairing, providing insights into the environment experienced by the large fairing structure on the way back to Earth.

From the video released by SpaceX that cuts out before atmospheric re-entry, it would seem that there is a real possibility for the addition of some type of stabilization system to bring the fairing halves into a good position to survive re-entry. Destruction on impact with the water could be avoided with parachutes, however, a recovery from the Ocean will require one or two additional teams dispatched to downrange locations.

Source: www.spaceflight101.com

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