One Last Thing
On Tuesday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Approximately 30 minutes later, it successfully delivered its payload — Israel’s AMOS-17 communications satellite — into orbit.
Mission accomplished, right?
Not quite. SpaceX still needed to recover the rocket’s fairing, the nose cone that protected the payload — and CEO Elon Musk just shared a stunning video of his company doing exactly that.
In the clip, a boat SpaceX dubbed Ms. Tree (formerly Mr. Steven) uses a giant net to prevent the fairing from splashing into the Atlantic Ocean, which could’ve rendered the $6 million nose cone unusable or, at the very least, forced SpaceX to spend additional money refurbishing it.
With a bit of help from the fairing’s parachutes and small steering thrusters, however, Ms. Tree was able to prevent the nose cone from meeting a watery fate.
Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
In fact, it’s taken SpaceX two year’s worth of boat redesigns, trying various arm and net combinations, before landing on the current configuration — but with two consecutive successful recoveries, it seems this version of Ms. Tree is a winner.
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