SpaceX Failed In Recovering The Nose Cone After Launch

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SpaceX Failed In Recovering The Nose Cone After Launch
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On Thursday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched a rocket carrying a payload with two internet satellites. The launch was previously delayed because the company needed to check the fairing of the Falcon 9 rocket. Furthermore, Musk attempted to recover the nose cone belonging to one of the rockets so that it could be reused on the next launch. Unfortunately, recovering the nose cone failed.

The company sent a “catcher’s mitt” boat which would help in recovering the nose cone of the SpaceX rocket. That way, the recovery would keep up with Musk’s aim for SpaceX to make space travel cheaper by using reusable equipment for launching. The company is also known for relaunching entire Falcon 9 rockets and cargo capsules, to cut the costs of space travel.

“Going to try to catch the giant fairing (nosecone) of Falcon 9 as it falls back from space at about eight times the speed of sound. It has onboard thrusters and a guidance system to bring it through the atmosphere intact, then releases a parafoil and our ship, named Mr. Steven, with basically a giant catcher’s mitt welded on, tries to catch it,” Musk said in Instagram post.

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