We all watched in awe SPACEX’s amazing achievement by landing its First Stage on solid ground. The Orbcomm2 second mission was successfully launched on Monday Dec 21, 2015 using the new upgraded Falcon 9, the v1.2 or also called “Full Thrust”. I was totally hooked about this historic moment so started designing the First Stage in landing configuration in 1:100 scale.
After reviewing photos of the Falcon 9 Orbcomm2 mission, I’ve noticed some changes made on the rocket. Mainly, the Second stage and Interstage have been enlarged a little bit. Also, the Grid Fins have been modified and some other details on the umbilicals.
The hardest part was matching the color of the soot on the exterior of the rocket once it landed. At the time of this post, I have changed the color to match it closely to the real photos.
The model used for the photos is the prototype version. The final product will have a different color tone for the soot.
Closeups of the Grid Fins.
And here are some close ups of the landing legs rods attached to the rocket.
The complete Falcon 9 v1.2 will be described in a new post.
Below are the links for both the First Stage Landing paper model and the new Falcon 9 v1.2 Orbcomm2 mission.