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Watch SpaceX Falcon Heavy Fairing in Amazing Video



This is a really wild ride.

A breathtaking new video showing the dramatic and surprisingly colorful downhill of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy payload fairway just after the launch of the massive rocket on June 25th.

"View from disguise during the STP-2 mission: When the disguise returns to Earth, friction heats particles in the atmosphere that appear light blue in the video," SpaceX officials wrote Wednesday (July 3) on Twitter where they released the short video. [19659002] Related: Stunning photos of Falcon's heavy launch on June 25

Nutzloadverkleidungen surround and protect satellites at startup. Disguises are not needed after the rockets have reached the universe. The gearbox is thrown off and falls back to earth.

SpaceX panels are split in half. Each part is equipped with a parachute and small control tappets to slow down the descent of the hardware and assist the recovery efforts. SpaceX wants to reuse disguises as both halves together have a value of approximately $ 6 million, said SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk. (Spacecraft's Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9, the workhorse rocket, use the same disguise.)

Recovery attempts have recently used a fast, net-geared boat previously named Mr. Steven but now GO Ms.Tree it is known to tear fairing halves from the sky. Saltwater is extremely corrosive, so it's a priority for SpaceX to keep fairings out of the ocean.

The boat had failed to make it until Falcon Heavy's launch on June 25th. And we can see this historic catch, thanks to a video taken by GO Ms.Tree and shared on Wednesday by Musk via Twitter.

Musk posted the 11-second Net-Snag video on the same Twitter thread as the disguises video. So it's likely that both videos show the same half of the cover, although Musk does not explicitly state that.

The June 25 mission, the third ever for the mighty Falcon Heavy, was known as Space Test Program-2 (STP-2). The rocket dropped two dozen satellites for a variety of customers, including a NASA spacecraft testing a more environmentally friendly propellant, and LightSail 2, a Planetary Society's awning demonstrator.

The Falcon Heavy consists of three modified satellites, belted Falcon 9 first stages. The central heavy booster is crowned by a second stage and payload.

The heavy first stages are reusable like those of the Falcon 9. Shortly after taking off on June 25, all three boosters landed on land. The two side boosters have established themselves on solid ground, but the central core appeared only briefly when trying on a "drone ship" in the Atlantic.

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