From Spaceflight Now:
"SpaceX technicians stationed on a boat near the drone ship planned to weld steel shoes over the rocket’s four carbon fiber and aluminum landing legs to keep the 156-foot-tall stage from tipping over.
The recovery crew will safe the rocket, drain it of hazardous fluids and gases, and set course for Port Canaveral, the drone ship’s home base. Musk said the vessel is due to arrive some time Sunday.
Once it is back in port, ground teams will retract the booster’s landing legs, rotate it horizontal and drive it to a SpaceX facility at nearby Cape Canaveral — likely launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center — for hotfire tests, Musk said.
“Our plan is to basically fire it 10 times in a row on the ground,” Musk said. “If things look good at that point, then it’s qualified for reuse and launch. We’re hoping to re-launch on an orbital mission probably around … June.”"
The plan for re-using it on an orbital mission around June is interesting. Perhaps Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D will be on a historic launch?
On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 8:15 AM, Alan [email protected] wrote:
Is there any information on how they are going to secure the first stage for return? Doing so on land is, as such things go, trivial, but on an autonomous ship in rough waters adds many complications.
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