SpaceX Falcon missile body traversed Blountstown
Ben Hall, Special for the Democrat
Blountstown's Fire Chief Ben Hall now has the Falcon 9 in shrink wrap and outer space
He was in Cape Canaveral for the story in February 2017, when the SpaceX rocket launched from the historic NASA Launchpad that launched the Apollo Moon Missions
He was there in Blountstown for the routine Monday, as the reusable Falcon missile body returns through downtown.
It's a fairly regular site for residents of this small town just over an hour from Tallahassee, to Hall.
"They come right through B I live there every few weeks," he said. "I would assume that this was the same one that was East on July 30. The launch was in early August." More: Will SpaceX Falcon 9 Rockets Three Peat?
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The rocket wrapped in black plastic was transported on a huge lowloader carrying an "Overseas Load" sign accompanied by Florida Highway Patrolmen and pickup trucks.
Knowing that he was a SpaceX Buffy, a friend gave him a head after he had discovered the rocket in nearby Bristol.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Sunday, July 22, 2018, successfully launching the Telstar 19V satellite into orbit.
"Wow, it was about the size of our city, or at least as big as Main Street," one person commented after watching Hall's video posted on Facebook ,
FLORIDA TODAY space reporter Emre Kelly confirmed that what went through Blountstown was a first stage Falcon 9.
"I can tell by the sheathing of the nine engines on the back," he said. "Obviously, since it's wrapped up, we can not see the serial number to find out more, but if it's going east, it's definitely for a launch."
If it goes west, it could support a start Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
"You should see these pretty often, I think, especially with the rising starting cadence."
Kelly said he had seen photos of the packaged Falcon 9s being transported on I-. 10, but he was not sure why SpaceX would choose to navigate through a few small towns.
"I would imagine that they often change the route for safety reasons, road limits, local police availability for escorts, etc."