SpaceX has come a long way since it began operating about 20 years ago.
From the outset, the plan was to reduce the cost of space travel by building a launch vehicle, parts of which could be reused – the first stage of the rocket, the spacecraft, and the fairing above the rocket and home payload.
After years of hard work, engineers at the California-based company have bolstered the landing process for their Falcon first-stage booster, the SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which has also been on the forefront of many missions.
Falcon Fair Fairy recovery
SpaceX tends to talk less about fairing, with the company just discovering that its latest Starlink satellite mission, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 26, has found Fair to fly for the first time on a fifth mission. The component’s first space trip was in 201. The other fairing half of the rocket meanwhile, was on its third mission. SpaceX added that Wednesday’s mission is also the November0th, exposing half of the Falcon 9 Fairy ha area since November 2019.
When you consider that the Falcon Fairy Fairy is worth around $ million million, it’s easy to wonder why SpaceX is eager to reuse it.
Earlier, the Falcon Launcher saw both parts of the rocket fair fall into the sea, and a team based on the boat pulled them out of the water shortly after. But impact and salt water can damage the components, so SpaceX designed the ship with a huge net to catch it in the firing half.
Equipped with JPS, a steerable parafoil (similar to a parachute) helps pull the piercing piece onto the ship, making it an even harder process to land directly on the net. After many unsuccessful attempts, SpaceX first managed to capture the fairy half in June 2019. About 12 months later, It caught both parts For the first time on two different ships. You can see both catches in the video below.
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Since then the company has been refining the process to make it more reliable so that it can finally end the fishing campaign.
SpaceX has also had success with its next generation rocket, Starship, vehicle Just making its first safe landing Following high-altitude test flight.