The company SpaceX, which has more than 15 years manufactures launch vehicles and spacecraft, trying by all means to reduce the cost of running their vehicles. Every detail of the space equipment costs a lot of money, so the engineers try to make them reusable, so they didn’t need to gather again. In 2015 steel reusable first stage rockets — since they were returned to the Earth 43 times, and reused 24 times. Now, the company went further, and successfully returned to earth the fairing of the rocket , the Falcon Heavy.
The payload fairing is the upper part of the rocket conical shape — thanks to her, the aircraft experiences minimum air resistance and takes off faster. Fairing of the Falcon Heavy rocket is made of many materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum and is equipped with sophisticated electronics. Because of this, assembling a fairing costs about six million dollars — making them reusable, the company can save a lot of money.
SpaceX returned to the fairing of the Falcon rocket to Land
The first attempts to return the fairings back on the Ground, the company began to take in 2017. To ensure a soft landing, she equipped them managed parachutes, which is able with great precision to send them to the network stretched on the ship GO Ms Tree. After several unsuccessful attempts, during which the fairings missed and hit the water, the company still reached its goal of 25 June 2019 fairing fell in the net, stretched on a ship.
Ship GO Ms Tree
The fairing was equipped with a camera, so the company SpaceX was able to shoot the process of landing and publish videos on the Internet. It is possible to see the separation of the fairing from the launch vehicle, the flight itself, and the entrance to the dense layers of the atmosphere in which the metal begins to overheat and glow. At the end of the apparatus is lowered into a vessel using a chute.
Probably returned to the Earth cone will be used again, because the maximum that he will need is a small repair. Most likely, he will fly in the sky during the next sending satellites for Internet distribution Starlink. It is believed that it will work in 2020.
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