Yesterday, SpaceX launched it’s Falcon 9 rocket ones again from it’s Florida pad with the rocket making it’s 47th landing even though it nearly missed catching the halves of the Nose Cone or Fairing. During the landing process, the First Stage of the rocket landed on a Droneship but the Fairing Halvies didn’t as it missed landing on two other ships which were equipped with nets to catch it.
“Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief narrowly missed catching the fairing halves — team is working to recover them for potential use on a future flight,” SpaceX reported on Twitter.
Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief narrowly missed catching the fairing halves—team is working to recover them for potential use on a future flight— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 17, 2019
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The routine mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station succeeded in sending a pair of communications satellites — JCSAT-18 and Kacific1 — into orbit to provide services to mostly Asian markets.
Also, SapceX caught one of the Fairing halves while the components fell into the ocen but were later recovered and refurbished and then flown again but this time, SpaceX tried to catch both halves just after a launch.
The Falcon 9 first stage booster has been used in the pat and had landed about 3 times. It previously supported two commercial resupply runs to the International Space Station in May and July.
Consider this launch a warmup for a big launch Tuesday of the European CHEOPS observatory designed to study alien worlds in detail.