Incredible! Watch how boat catches rocket piece
SpaceX caught a rocket nose out of the sky – and CEO Elon Musk posted a video of the moment on Twitter. And we can’t contain our excitement!
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a communications satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on August 6. It was deployed 31 minutes later.
Musk posted a video capturing the moment. The rocket’s fairing – a nose cone used to protect the satellite payload – fell back to earth and was rescued by a boat, named Ms Tree. The fairing fell into the huge net of the boat in the Atlantic Ocean. The fairing makes up the protective cover at the very top of the Falcon 9 rocket and protects the payload from the intense heat of leaving Earth’s atmosphere.
You can watch the video here
Fairing is useless once the rocket has left the atmosphere so splits in two and is released.
SpaceX is trying to improve the recycling and reuse of different rocket parts.
Rescuing the rocket nose means SpaceX saves US$6 million by not having to build a replacement, according to Musk.
It’s another step forward in his mission to recycle rocket parts, which also includes SpaceX’s spectacular booster landings.
SpaceX have won several multi-million dollar contracts from Nasa as the space agency hopes to use the rockets as a fast-track for its colonisation of Mars.