Just under a week back, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to orbit on Tuesday, taking with it the AMOS-17 communications satellite. And even if we couldn’t witness a brilliant booster return, we did get to see a SpaceX droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean capturing the rocket’s fairing.
The fairing is part of the protective cover at the top of the Falcon 9, which shields payloads as they’re lifted into orbit. Once the rocket punches out of the atmosphere and into space, the fairing breaks in half and falls back to Earth. That’s when the droneship comes into the picture, attempting to catch the fairing with a giant net.
Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
Needless to add, Elon Musk put up video of the fairing capture on Twitter.