After many delays due to hardware issues and bad weather, SpaceX finally managed to send the AMOS-17 communications satellite into the space last night. Following a delay, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket had a successful launch on Tuesday evening from Florida, shown in a video by SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Twitter. SpaceX first successfully captured a reusable fairing in June.
The mission went well, SpaceX Falcon 9 completing its third mission,although the first stage was unable to be recovered due to mission requirements, but due to the nature of this launch, it was not possible for the company to recover its rocket stage a third time. Elon Musk said at least one fairing was captured by a recovery ship.
The nosecone fairing is something that the company has been trying to catch and reuse for some time, now, SpaceX has done it again, and we have video of the catch to prove it, as the company has only one net-wielding boat, which is capable of catching one part of the rocket at a time.
Since the historic launch of the SES-10 communications satellite 24 months ago, the company has been trying to make reusing rocket nose cone fairings a standard practice.About 2.5 years ago, the company first reused a part of its Falcon 9 rocket.
Elon Musk posted a video on the twitter, of SpaceX’s net-equipped ship M. Tree perfectly positioning itself below the slowly-descending nosecone, allowing it to gently fall into its huge net.
Rocket fairing falls from space & is caught by Ms Tree boat pic.twitter.com/nJv0Ry1iKk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
The video above shows a boat with a large net attached to it floating on a dimly lit ocean surface.The fairing drops gracefully down to earth and lands comfortably in the net.