That’s No Aircraft Debris . . . That’s Part of a SpaceX Rocket
OUTER BANKS VOICE
For the second
time in a year, a piece of debris from a rocket launch on the Florida
coast has washed up along the Outer Banks.
On Sunday, Angie and Chris Langdon first alerted us to the debris
near Ramp 67 on Ocracoke Island.
Janille Turner of Ocracoke was the first to discover it washed up on
Saturday, and sent us pictures Monday of the Park Service removing it
from the beach.
SpaceX, the private space transportation services company founded by
Elon Musk, confirmed Monday to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Chief
Ranger Boone Vandzura that it was “hardware” from one of its rockets.
Last October, a 15-foot long section of a SpaceX rocket launched
from Cape Canaveral washed up off Hatteras village.
National Park Service maintenance staff hauled off the latest find
Monday morning, and SpaceX “was making arrangements to dispose of it
appropriately,” Vandzura said.
While it was not yet known what rocket the debris came from, the most
recent launch from Florida by SpaceX was on Sept. 10.
A Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite into orbit
from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 successfully returned to Earth, landing
on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX media relations had not replied to an email inquiry Monday
evening from The Outer Banks Voice about the latest discovery.