parapente wrote:Great to see they aced another launch and touchdown- particularly as this booster was 'pre loved' for the third time.But yup seems like the catcher 'mit' boat just doesn't work however big you make it.Cant say they didn't try their hardest.
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-ceo-el ... sed-catch/
But as above it looks like strategy No2 is coming into play.In many ways the whole returning of these giant fairings has been an outstanding success.This time they brought both halves back from outer space to a gentle touchdown in the sea.Thats an incredible achievement.
It also appears that they can return them accurately enough to land within a few 100 meters of the mother ship. This means it's only in the water for a very short time.It really can't be very hard to ensure that the outer shell is salt water proof.
However the inside must be harder.If they can achieve proofing the inside then clearly all is not wasted and they can simply pick them up and give them a 'wash and brush'.
In some ways ( once they achieve this) it's is the end of a chapter.Full recovery and reuse of the first stage booster and third stage fairings.
Elon has announced some time ago that they have given up on trying to recover the second stage from orbit.So the Falcon 9 development programme is now essentially complete.It will simply run as a very efficient business machine,particularly ( cross fingers) when it achieves a full NASA 'man rating' early next year.
They could do more with FH but again Elon has stated that they don't intend to ( man rate) and concentrate on the Starship programme.However it's (FH) always there If needed.
Quite how any other space organisation can compete with the efficiency of the Falcon system I do not know considering all others are expendable systems.
I have to agree with you on the water landing. Many comments on here about the bad affects of the salt water on these fairings. It does not add up that they can't be reused since the Dragon goes into the sea with much more force/heat/over all abuse and is reused.