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Apparently they're going to try to recover the fairings too?

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/spacex-may-try-a-daring-rocket-fairing-recovery-tonight-too/

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Based upon a purported company document leaked on reddit, the concept involves stabilizing the two fairing halves in a horizontal posture, relative to the surface of the Earth with their exterior facing down, during atmospheric reentry. After each of two fairing halves reach subsonic speeds, they would deploy a parachute to slow the descent. Apparently, two helicopters would then each capture one of the fairings and return it to SpaceX's launch complex in Florida.

Sounds like a similar process to the ITS atmospheric entry phase. Could they be testing the feasibility of such a reentry as well as saving some money on hardware?

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SpaceX FM is live! Hype music active!

For now, the hype music is SpaceX FM. The actual hype music will be just the original Final Countdown, because I don't have time to sync another one so close to the launch. For those interested, start the official YouTube video at T-53s so it will sync to the launch.

So, we have reusability, fairing recovery, and roombas! Yay!

The Hype-cast is about to start!

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1 minute ago, EVA_Reentry said:

Wow. They can remotely control the fairings?

 

EDIT: Not sarcastic. I meant independently. WHat about the second stage?

Not sure about how much they would be controlled, just that they would glide down in enough of a predictable manner to allow for capture by helicopter. The second stage is most likely not going to be recovered, though. It gets going too fast.

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Just now, cubinator said:

Not sure about how much they would be controlled, just that they would glide down in enough of a predictable manner to allow for capture by helicopter. The second stage is most likely not going to be recovered, though. It gets going too fast.

Figured. But they're able to track the fairings? What RADAR are they using?

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