SpaceX successfully catches both fairings from a launch

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Capitalism in space: For the first time SpaceX yesterday successfully caught both fairings halves in the nets of their ships as they floated down to the ocean on their parasails.

Previously they have mostly plucked the fairings from the sea, though they have caught a few in the netting of the ships. To catch both simplifies the preparation for the next flight enormously, as they never touched the water.


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  • Ray Van Dune

    I recall that during the webcast yesterday, the point was made that the fairings were to be plucked from the water, that NO attempt would be made to catch them in a net. Obviously a pretty substantial error in their reporting.

    Note: I did not stay with the webcast, and instead switched to Spacex’s own coverage, which I prefer, before the launch. So it is possible that information was later corrected.

  • Andrew_W

    A short piece of video with highlights.

  • David M. Cook

    Looks like the ‘chutes auto-detach when the fairings hit the net, very slick! Now, if they could only recover the parachutes after landing…

  • Mike Borgelt

    Just quickly reel in the lines on one side. Will collapse the cute.

  • jfm

    Congratulation to SpaceX on another successful milestone. Its amazing what can be done when vision, engineering and ambition are combined.

    I’m sure the answer is No. To make sure I have not missed an announcement, is any of the SLS going to be recovered for future flights?

  • Edward

    jfm asked: “I’m sure the answer is No. To make sure I have not missed an announcement, is any of the SLS going to be recovered for future flights?

    You are right about the answer being “no.” Even the solid rocket boosters, which were reused on the Space Shuttle, will not be reused. The cost of refurbishing them saved little money, so instead of learning from the experience, SLS is a throw away rocket.

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