FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With the sun shining bright and people enjoying their Sunday, few large pieces of a rocket were found near 2033 N. Atlantic Boulevard. Initial reports suggest that the rocket belongs to the European Space Agency, which could have fallen into the sea and later got washed off to the shore.
People who first observed said that they believed it is from the crashed speed boat or an airplane, but this big chunk of metal turned out to be of a rocket. It does look like a rocket part, but on the other hand, the flat design made people assume it is from some sort of airplane that might have crashed or was dumped into the sea.
Later NASA officials confirmed that it is a part European Space Agency satellite that required it for the lift off. After it separated, felt off in the sea and got washed off at the LA sea shore. Reports suggest it is a part of the single-use rocket that lifted off from French Guyana.
Often, when space agencies shoot their satellites in the sky, it is composed of the several parts. This is also known as multi-stage rocket. When an aircraft approaches towards space or to the Earth’s orbit, it is necessary to reduce the unnecessary load the rocket may carry.
The first stage is when the rocket is out of the Earth’s atmosphere and loses the primary boosters located at its end. The second stage is when the spacecraft loses the middle part of the rocket, and the other two parts, third and fourth, contain the components that are necessary for the rocket to stay in space. The fourth is the real payload and third is just for the settling the rocket in a right trajectory.
A rocket needs to increase the exhaust velocity, or the mass ratio and staging is just an attempt to do that. It is nearly impossible for one stage rocket to gain a mass ratio of more than 15. The maximum limit it can have is 20, and it is just because such rockets can’t shave off their parts.
Probably the first stage components fell off in the sea and got washed off at the shore.