SpaceX just missed grabbing part of its rocket with a big net
Elon Musk wanted to recycle the nose cone from the latest launch, so he sent a boat named Mr. Steven with a "catcher's mitt" to try to snag it.
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GPS-connected parasails on the fairing slowed it down after its long, supersonic fall toward the ocean and then tried to guide it to a specific spot where Mr. Steven was supposed to be waiting, but it wound up missing the target.
Musk said via Twitter that the fairing missed the net by a few hundred meters but landed intact in the water:
"Should be able catch it with slightly bigger chutes to slow down descent."
We'll see if SpaceX can get its next pitch from space into the catcher's mitt. The company's next launch is set for Sunday from Florida, but there's been no word on how, or if, SpaceX will attempt to recover that fairing. I've contacted the company to find out and will update this post when I hear back.
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