SpaceX has managed to do another thing that seemed bold and highly unlikely after a few early botched attempts. It used a ship at sea to catch the falling bow cone, which shielded the cargo aboard the Falcon Heavy rocket during takeoff.
The maneuver saw a SpaceX-obsessed barge called Ms. Tree stretched across four large sections with a huge net. Overhanging beams navigate to a point off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic to await the return of the SpaceX disguise as soon as she gets rid of the rocket. Falcon Heavy started yesterday evening from the Kennedy Space Center for its STP-2 mission.
After starting her career at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Ms. Tree (née Mr. Steven) traveled across the Panama Canal to the East Coast earlier this year to make a few attempts Capture Florida from fired SpaceX missiles.
The boat was put into service out of disguise during a Vandenberg SpaceX launch for the first time in February 201
This is a big deal for SpaceX because this probably makes reuse of the panels much more workable. CEO Elon Musk said the company is basically throwing away $ 6 million each time it loses one of these panels in a hard ocean landing. SpaceX has therefore worked to regain the parts – just like boosters via controlled descent.
The nose cone parts (each takeoff has two, one fairing for each half of the payload capsule) were able to control their descent with small engines and a parachute, which SpaceX has since been able to steer to some extent from the ground up to the 2017 SES-10 mission but so far they have fallen into the ocean, making the restoration more difficult and difficult to renovate.
During this launch, Ms. Tree caught half of the paneling as planned and the other half of the paneling The other half landed in the nearby water. The big test will now be to examine the returned mooring to determine if it is suitable for renovation and re-flight, which could help further reduce the cost of launching SpaceX.