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SpaceX again could not catch the radome of the Falcon 9. It did not help even a fourfold increase in the network

It did not help even a fourfold increase in the network – the rocket part still fell elsewhere.

Photos of SpaceX
Photos of SpaceX

SpaceX again could not catch the fairing of the head fairing of the Falcon 9 missile. According to the BBC representative of the company, the rescue ship “Mr. Stephen” with a huge stretched network collided with bad weather in the Pacific Ocean. Because of this, he was unable to arrive in time to the point of landing of the part, which was indicated by GPS signals. At the same time, he noted that the bulk of the mission was successful – the rocket delivered 10 satellites of the constellation Iridium into orbit.

In mid-July, SpaceX completed the modernization of the ship, which received a network four times the size of the previous one. It was assumed that this would increase the probability of catching the falling parts of the head fairing of the rocket. The company noted that “they are still learning how to catch rocket details in the air.”

The ship "Mr. Stephen" before and after the update. Photos of SpaceX
The ship “Mr. Stephen” before and after the update. Photos of SpaceX
The head fairing of the Falcon family of rockets is a construction in front of the rocket 13 meters long and 5.2 meters in diameter. The part consists of aluminum and carbon fiber, and its inner surface is covered with panels that protect against acoustic and thermal effects.

The production of one fairing costs SpaceX six million dollars. To try to save an expensive part, the company equipped it with small engines and special parachutes, as well as control systems that help to navigate during the fall.

Photos of SpaceX
Photos of SpaceX
Previous attempts to catch the fairings of the company also ended unsuccessfully. In February, the detail missed the boat and fell gently into the water a few hundred meters from it. In March, during descent, the fairing parachute overflowed and he collapsed into the ocean at a tremendous speed. The company was most close to success in May – then during one of the tests half of the fairing landed just 50 meters from the ship.
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