Mr. Steven's Recent Controlled Catch Tests, in which he came close to a successful fairing recovery for the East Coast
While watching Steven's figurative fingers, this video is primarily good news. Given that extraordinarily close Mr. Steven's to West Coast's final West Coast fairing recovery test, the engineers will almost certainly continue to refuse their fairing recovery technique and successfully apply it.
the East Coast. Wait for it … pic.twitter.com/A7q37Gpllu
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 30, 2019
Over the past four or so months, SpaceX has engaged in a program of controlled Falcon fairing drop-and-catch tests around 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of California. Prior to today's video showing a separate catch test that ended in a similar but slightly bigger miss. Mr. Steven departed for Florida on the 28th. In fact, Teslarati photographer Pauline Acalin captured what is almost the fairing half shown in SpaceX's Jan 29 video, visibly cracking after impacting the ocean nose-on.
Oddly, this is Mr. Steven going too fast all previous failures seem to have been more or less in the wrong place at the wrong time or nearly to intercept the fairing helped. feet – – – away from it to tip the opposite direction and slide gently into Mr. Steven's net. Had the ship been slowed down even a little, the story of this test may have been completely different. Nevertheless, SpaceX wants to close the gap on fairing recovery.
Once its parafoil is deployed, the floating Falcon fairing looks quite minimalist and elegant. (SpaceX)
So close to 🙁
The fairing helped a clear crack on the right-hand side of its nose. (SpaceX)
SpaceX has used a number of fairing halves during its recent controlled catch attempts. (Pauline Acalin, 1/22/19)
This helped, however, bears a striking resemblance to the half-pictured in SpaceX's latest video, especially with regard to the damage on the right side of its nose. (Pauline Acalin, 01/22/19)
Soon to be stationed with SpaceX's Florida-based East Coast recovery fleet, Mr. Steven should also be aware of this three new post-launch opportunities to catch in the next two or three months. The SpaceX recovery vessel departed SpaceX's Port of San Pedro berth on the evening of January 28th and is likely to cross the Panama Canal within a week and arrive at Port Canaveral approximately a week after that. SpaceX's next East Coast launch is scheduled to take place no later than (NET) February 18th (8:58 pm EDT), Mr. Steven gives plenty of time to switch coasts and attempt a recovery.
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