The Space-X company has introduced a reusable first stage rocket that lands on a floating barge. In the event that the first stage rocket falls off the platform, investigation of where it will land on the seafloor in case its sensors are waterlogged is necessary to increase efficiency in the salvage operation. This paper mainly investigates the landing position of a model rocket through a model experiment. The University of New Orleans Towing Tank facility is used to release a model first stage Falcon 9 rocket at initial drop angles from 0° to 90°. The landing location is recorded and compared with the results derived from the 2D module of numerical simulation tool “DROBS” that solves equations of motion for dropped cylinders. The focus of this paper is to experimentally determine the effects of initial conditions on the landing position of this rocket model.
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