A Look at the Landed Falcon 9

Image via SpaceX.

Two weeks have passed since SpaceX successfully landed a first stage Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral. Now the first stage lies dormant, if not a little dirty, in a SpaceX hanger.

Although little detailed information has emerged about the precise state of the rocket, you can count on SpaceX putting it through a fair amount of inspection and assessment to determine what would be required for its use in another mission.

What information we do have sounds promising though. A few days ago Elon Musk posted this to his Instagram:


Image via SpaceX.
A closer look at the Falcon first stage’s  ‘Octaweb’ of nine Merlin engines. Image via SpaceX.
The first stage just prior to being removed from the landing pad. Image via SpaceX.
The same first stage: clean and shiny before launch. Image via SpaceX.