facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Piece of European rocket found in Florida waters

July 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM   |   Comments

KEY WEST, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- A pair of shark researchers discovered a large piece of a European Arianespace rocket floating in the shallows of Florida's Dry Tortugas.

Wes and Theo Pratt, who visit the Tortugas for a month each year to study the mating habits of nurse sharks, said they had kayaked about half a mile from Garden Key July 4 and they discovered the rocket piece, about the size of a small swimming pool, stuck in the sand, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

The rocket was from Arianespace, a European company specializing in commercial satellite launches.

The piece was towed to a dock at Dry Tortugas National Park, where park manager Glenn Simpson performed some research and determined it was likely from one of four launches since November 2012.

Aaron Lewis, communications director for Arianespace's affiliate in Washington, D.C., looked at pictures of the item and said it was "without a doubt" from an Ariane 5 rocket. He said it appears to be a piece of fairing, the sheathing protecting the rocket's payload. He said he doesn't know if the company will attempt to reclaim the item.

"I have no idea,'' he said. "I will check with headquarters."

Topics: Ron Lewis
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Gamers 'prank' each other by calling in real life SWAT team, webcam captures fallout
2
Welsh man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider
3
Georgia fourth grader suspended after bringing Nerf gun to school
4
Dreamworks Dad is back with video game-inspired 'Action Movie Kid - Volume 2'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback