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For the first time ever, SpaceX has caught part of a rocket fairing blasted off during the Falcon Heavy rocket launch - allowing them to reuse the precious, $6 million piece of equipment, rather than building it again.
Using a giant net mounted on top of a sea ship in the Atlantic, the company was able to recover half of the nosecone from its rocket after plowing into space and successfully dropping off 24 military satellites.
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The boat, once called Mr Stevens but recently renamed Ms. Tree, caught the fairing half after it separated from the rocket and plummeted back down to Earth.
The second half fell into the ocean, befalling a similar fate of many of its kin.
Until early Tuesday morning, SpaceX has been trying for about a year to accomplish the feat to no avail.
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The nosecone is not only a crucial instrument in protecting cargo aboard the powerful rocket - it shrouds payloads and prevents them from burning up during flight - but is also fairly expensive.
Just one of the cones costs about $6 million - a price tag that gave rise to an apt analogy by SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, last year.
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'Imagine you had $6 million in cash in a palette flying through the air, and it’s going to smash into the ocean,' Musk said during a press conference last year as reported by The Verge.
'Would you try to recover that? Yes. Yes, you would.'
To guide the fairing into the net,...
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