Eric Ralph's Teslarati article SpaceX’s BFR factory in LA spied with four Falcon 9 fairing halves shows several panoramic photos of the site for the future rocket factory. In it, the author says:

From left to right, my best guess for each fairing is PAZ, Iridium-6 Half 1, Iridium-5, and Iridium-6 Half 2.

Question: What visual cues or other information could be used to associate each of these already-used fairing halves with their launches? Are there hidden markings, or other distinctive features?

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below x2: from Teslarati. Photo credit: Pauline Acalin

SpaceX airing halves - Teslarati

SpaceX airing halves - Teslarati

  • $\begingroup$ Great question! Where did the quote for ‘best guesses’ come from? $\endgroup$ – Jack Jun 7 '18 at 8:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Jack I've moved the quote up one line. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 7 '18 at 9:08
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    $\begingroup$ Ah yes, I missed the image caption on the article. As far as I know, the missions stated are some of the only ones where a successful (water landing) of a fairing has been achieved? Unfortunately the branding for the payloads would be on the underside in the image, so I'm not sure how they've been identified beyond guess-work and maybe clues to how long they've been there? $\endgroup$ – Jack Jun 7 '18 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Jack I see. Slightly related items: 1, 2, 3 Also, it's in the second sentence of the article, as well as in the caption. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 7 '18 at 10:44

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