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I don't think any of the landing crashes so far have been due to the barge's size or movement. It's always been problems with the rocket, not the barge.

It's hard to tell really. If the barge was bigger it basically means more leanient constraints for the final approach, which could result in a softer landing. Remember that Falcons can't hover and thus have to achieve perfect timing for the final burn. If you constrain time down to almost zero and space down to a few meters and the initial velocity is terminal velocity + pretty fast horicontal movement, it's almost a wonder that they're already doing what they're doing.

The causes of the earlier failures were insufficient hydraulic fluid, a sticky valve, and a landing leg that didn't lock. I don't see any of those being helped by a bigger target.

Last time it effectively landed correctly in pretty rough conditions. The only problem was a landing leg did not lock because of ice and the stage was lost.

You're probably right. If they needed that stuff they'd probably build it. But I bet that what I suggest would result in being able to land in rougher weather with better media from 1st stage landings.

I imagine so. I'm not sure how much they care about the satellite feed, but handling rough weather would definitely be a plus. There was already one landing attempt that they had to give up on because weather was good at the launch site but bad out at sea.

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