Part Of Rocket Found Off Tresco

The debris being brought alongside the Lyonesse Lady

The debris being brought alongside the Lyonesse Lady

Part of an American rocket, used to deliver satellites into space, has been found in the sea off Tresco.

The debris is thought to have come from the unmanned SpaceX Falcon-9 launcher.

A warning to shipping was issued yesterday afternoon, after the crew of the Voyager and the Hurricane reported the 10m x 4m curved, alloy object floating between Cromwell’s Castle and Hangman’s Island.

They tried to get a line on it to secure the debris, but couldn’t get near enough.

Joe Thomas contacted Pete Hicks and suggested that the Lyonesse Lady could help.

The Falcon-9 launcher (left) and markings on the debris found off Tresco (right).

The Falcon-9 launcher (left) and markings on the debris found off Tresco (right).

Pete says they managed to pin it alongside the boat with the crane and then towed it into new Grimsby for the Coastguard to undertake an inspection.

The debris was covered in goose barnacles but remnants of the US flag and some lettering and numbers have helped identify the find.

Pete says it is an interstage, the part that connects the main rockets to the payload and booster.

Some commentators have suggested this piece came from a rocket that exploded shortly after take off from Florida in June.

But James Druce from Tresco asked online SpaceX fans which of the twelve missions they thought this debris came from.

They suggested it was ‘CRS-4’, based on analysis of ocean currents, location of features on the interstage and even down to the design of a few bolts, all from the photos sent from the scene.

James says CRS-4 was launched in September 2014, and carried the first 3D printer in space, as well as 20 mice!

This discovery will be reported to US authorities to see what they want done with it. In the meantime, it is anchored on New Grimsby Beach this morning.



6 Responses to Part Of Rocket Found Off Tresco

  1. Pete December 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I wonder if Tresco Estate will charge NASA for the mooring?

  2. David Duncan November 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

    David Duncan

    November 28

    I see someone gave Pete Hicks a real rocket!

  3. Todd Stevens November 28, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I think this is great and hope it gets cleaned up and put on display somewhere on Scilly. Whoever lifted it needs to declare it to the Receiver of Wreck. Not only because that is the law but it means that person either gets paid if it leaves Scilly or that person gets to keep it. I have forms here if anyone wants one? The authorities will try and fob you off but if you fill in the form they have to process the find by law and deal with you as the finder.

  4. John J November 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Be interesting to see if NASA can get to Scilly from St Just, can just see them now at the airport like in the Specsavers ad 😉

  5. Soutie November 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Act now, Steamship Co, and register ‘The Isles of Scilly Rocket-ship Company’ before someone else does… !

  6. Jonny Exile November 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Loving the news coverage: according to Sky it was found in the Isles of “Sicily” and BBC Spotlight explained that it was found between Tresco and “Brer” (as in Rabbit).