SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 spacecraft catastrophically exploded shortly after launch this year. And now debris from the failed mission is thought to have washed up on the Isles of Scilly.
A large section of spacecraft thought to be from the Falcon 9 was discovered on Thursday. The chunk measures around 10 metres by 4 metres (32 feet by 13 feet) and was spotted on the surface of the sea between Bryher and Tresco, on the north end of the isles. It is now under guard on Tresco beach.
The wreckage was found by Joseph Thomas, who works for Tresco Boat Services.
“We tried to drag it ashore with a hook, but it bent it,” he told the BBC.
“We first thought it was part of a plane, but when we scraped the barnacles off we saw it was part of a rocket”.
“The markings show an American flag,” said Martin Leslie, Coastal Area Commander. “It looks like its an American rocket, and is similar to the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9.”
“We’re grateful for all those who helped in its recovery. It was a great example of the community working together.”
The rocket was part of SpaceX’s mission to send supplies to the International Space Station but exploded around two minutes after its blast-off from Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX have attributed the failure to “a faulty strut”. The company has recently been under scrutiny following the explosion of the Falcon 9. Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin recently safely landed a spacecraft, something SpaceX have attempted but not yet achieved.