Space company SpaceX is a fairly good example of a company that succeeded in its own space technology that does not cause a special agiotage is one of those cases where the reputation begins to work for the company. However, last Monday, in the 90-th run of the return of the Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX management and engineering team managed to do something really amazing and once again turn in their favor a head – the fact that during the first phase of the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, the team of debuggers managed to catch the halves of the fairing from the nose of the rocket, thereby rescuing them from potential damage.
It should be noted that the halves of the fairing one way or another conceived in order to set the maximum height of the rocket to detach and fall into the water – however, even this relatively mild and thoughtful landing often leads to some extent of damage. Given the fact that each cone costs SpaceX about 6 million U.S. dollars, it becomes obvious that the implementation of last Monday, the maneuver became a great proof that the company soon will be able to further reduce the cost of preparing and sending their rockets into orbit.
It should be noted that in the framework of the current run of the return of the Falcon 9 rocket – which has become 90-th – the company transferred the South Korean military satellite called Anasis-II to orbit the Earth, with what did great. As for the current tasks for further optimization and improved performance and functionality of the rocket and its components, the responsible SpaceX team still ahead.
Himself Elon Musk announced in a recent tweet relatively successful maneuver to capture halves of the fairing from the nose of the rocket during the second phase of the climb – and although the process, unfortunately, failed to capture on camera, you can still say that SpaceX now comes the really interesting times when she actually is at the forefront of most of the theoretical and applied space technology.