I've heard that they caught the fairings as well. So that what? 80+% of the rocket was recovered?
About that. The only thing that wasn't recovered was the second stage, and well there's not really much they can do to recover that anyways. Every ounce on the second stage takes away from payload capacity and the ability to deliver it to the customer's specified orbit.
I really enjoyed that, thanks for the link. Totally amazing stuff and high class engineering. Watching the first two boosters land was so perfect it looked like a take off video was being run in reverse.
The only thing they didn't explain (or I missed it) was what happened to the unit that released the satellite?
I shall follow with interest in the future, it's very impressive.
Originally Posted by Mand12
The third booster lands on a barge in the ocean. The rest of the stages go into other orbits of varying stability.
Just to expand on that, The Falcon 9/Heavy's upper stage always deorbits after a while, so it either burns up on reentry or splashes down in the rocket graveyard that is the ocean. It doesn't become orbital junk.
Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
I'm not a fan of the overall design of Falcon Heavy personally (I will always love the "space plane" concept of the shuttle which took off like a rocket but landed like an airplane), but I have to admit that that demonstration is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!!! The fact that all the technology that creates the entire rocket system worked so completely and precisely is really something incredible! SpaceX should absolutely be so proud of all the hard work and engineering that went into designing, building, and successfully demonstrating this system!
Yeah the shuttle was a pretty amazing spacecraft, shame it wasn't as reusable as was intended and got rushed to launch one too many times.
But I tink you'll be more interested in their upcoming Starship/Superheavy rocket. The starship is not quite a space plane but if I had to call it something I'd call it a VTOL lifting body.
Its already in the full scale prototype phase. The full scale raptor engine has been test fired and is currently the highest chamber pressure rocket engine ever made, the full diameter (Star)hopper is currently being tested and the full scale orbital prototype is already being build.
The whole thing is moving way faster then I expected, its pretty impressive.