Stuff That’s Hard to Do (Falcon9 Intelsat)

Nice vids and commentary but no Stg-1 landing
(needs that landing propellant to get heavy payloads to a high geosynchronous altitude)

2 Comments!

  1. blake
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 7:41 pm |

    Probably used a stage that was EOL and needed to be retired.

  2. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 10:35 pm |

    blake ^
    Dunno, for sure, but they use the old-timer boosters for their Starlink missions.
    Doubt if they’d risk a paying-customer’s mission on an engineering test to see what the actual retire-by number is.
    Stg-1s get sooty during entry/landing burns, but this one looks really clean.

    Be interesting to know if SpaceX priced a ride with an assumption that they’d recover the booster or if they had a deposit that they gave back on recovery