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SpaceX has managed to achieve yet another historic milestone.
Amid the fanfare of the Falcon Heavy successfully embarking on its second-ever trip to space, Elon Musk announced that his company was able to recover both fairing halves of the megarocket for the first time.
Tweet - Thursday - Musk - Halves - Atlantic
In a tweet late Thursday, Musk confirmed that both fairing halves were recovered from the Atlantic Ocean undamaged.
The next step is to put the fairings to work again on a Falcon 9 rocket that will blast additional Starlink satellites into orbit, scheduled for later this year.
Fairings - Musk - Tweet - Starlink - Mission
'Both fairings recovered,' Musk wrote in a tweet. 'Will be flown on Starlink mission later this year.'
In a reply to another user's tweet, the tech mogul explained that each fairing has its own avionics system and nitrogen thrusters, as well as steerable parachutes, to help them return to Earth safely.
SpaceX - Process - Fairings - Re-use
Now that they've been recovered, SpaceX will begin the process of cleaning up the fairings for re-use.
The fairing is a piece of material that's part of the rocket's nosecone, protecting the payload, which can include things like satellites, during launch.
Musk - Fairings - Launches
Musk has sought to recover and reuse the fairings for additional launches because they're expensive to build.
He estimates that each fairing costs approximately $6 million, which equates to about 10 percent of the cost of a Falcon 9 launch.
SpaceX - Fairings - Launches
SpaceX has tried to recover payload fairings during previous launches but...
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