The SpaceX droneships are getting quite good at catching rocket parts that fall from space
August 7, 2019
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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.

Needless to add, Elon Musk put up video of the fairing capture on Twitter.

 

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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