SpaceX recovers fairings from ocean


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Capitalism in space: In its launch on December 3, SpaceX was unable to catch either half of the Falcon 9’s fairings as they floated down by parachute. However, both halves were recovered, and the company plans to try to dry them out and reuse them.

The recovery ship, Mr. Steven, failed to catch either in its giant net. Since both fairings however landed gently in the ocean, and were quickly recovered, the article notes that SpaceX is now considering a change in its method of recover. The method of landing appears to have the fairing halves almost act like small boats, thus protecting the delicate equipment on their interiors. It appears they have increased their waterproofing, and may now only need to get them out of the water quickly to make then reusable.

Posted from the West Bank city of Modi’in Ilit.

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  • geoffc

    Realize that entire Teslarati article is based off a single tweet from Elon. Like http://electrek.co/ they are always looking for news, and have some good sources, but some of their articles are really 1000 words about 5. (Still fun to read!)

  • pzatchok

    This was my first idea.

    Just pick them up off the water and dry them out.

    Its a bit more complex than that of course. You at least have to rinse off the salt first.

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