Former oil field crewboat the Mr. Tree makes space history by catching SpaceX spacecraft fairing

Former oil field crewboat the Mr. Tree makes space history by catching SpaceX spacecraft fairing

SpaceX makes space exploration history this week by capturing a spacecraft fairing used to house and protect cargo on the Falcon Heavy lift rocket aboard the net rigged Mr. Tree (Formerly the Mr. Stevens). The 6 million dollar fairing half was caught June 25 th off the coast of Florida. This marks the first ever recovery of a rocketship cargo fairing by boat . Space X CEO Elon Musk hopes to save millions of dollars by catching all fairings in the future. The captured fairing is being examined to determine it’s reuseability. The launch delivered 24 satellites into different orbits. Once the recover system is refined Space X plans to have 4 recovery boats, two on each coast, each boat will catch half the fairing.

 

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