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