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Pressure Vessel From Falcon 9 Recovered in Washington State

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
April 4, 2021
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Falcon 9 second stage overwrapped pressure vessel recovered on private property in Washington State. (Credit: Grant County Sheriff)

That Falcon 9 second stage that blazed across the sky over Washington and Oregon as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere on March 25 left something behind. The Grant County Sheriff tweeted:

SpaceX recovered a Composite-Overwrapped Pressure Vessel from last week’s Falcon 9 re-entry. It was found on private property in southwest Grant County this week. Media and treasure hunters: we are not disclosing specifics. The property owner simply wants to be left alone.

The 5-foot COPV is part of the second stage propulsion system. Falcon 9’s second stage is usually deorbited after releasing its payload, but the maneuver reportedly failed following the March 4 launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites.

No injuries nor any additional debris have been reported in the Washington State county or elsewhere in the Northwest.

7 responses to “Pressure Vessel From Falcon 9 Recovered in Washington State”

  1. Robert G. Oler says:

    might have kept it and told no one

  2. Andrew Tubbiolo says:

    That overwrapped pressure vessel has been overwrapped.

  3. Saturn1300 says:

    Much stronger than the one that failed on the pad. NASA did say they had put another layer of carbon fiber on the tanks. So maybe that is why it landed with only a 4″ gash in the ground(
    An article at NSF says that SN-11 blew up because there was a small methane leak according to Musk.

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