'Mr. Steven' Net Boat To Catch SpaceX's Next Rocket Fairing

SpaceX will use a net boat named 'Mr. Steven' to recover rocket fairing

SpaceX to launch first of its global internet satellites

The future is here, now and for proof just look back to the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket a few weeks ago.

SpaceX had initially planned for the launch to take place last Saturday, before delaying it due to the need for more inspections. The remaining parts of the Falcon 9 rocket are already prepared for the new launch after being recycled. SpaceX didn't publicly speak about the Starlink prototypes, although it revealed their presence on the Falcon 9 rockets in Federal Communications Commission filings.

SpaceX plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket (pictured) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California on Wednesday.

The fairing costs $6 million to produce, and so re-using it for multiple costs could lead to a significantly reduction in how much each launch individually costs SpaceX.

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SpaceX recovered a Falcon 9 payload fairing for the first time past year. We should know soon enough if Mr. Steven is a success. Musk said that they are getting closer to recovering the payload fairings and have been experimenting with parachutes on its fairings.

SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule was used by NASA to send cargo to the International Space Station.

SpaceX is planning to use a giant net - one so huge that it takes up the majority of a high-speed watercraft named Mr. Steven - to catch reusable gear that falls back to Earth after missions to outer space. But, the launch has been delayed and is being postponed to February 21 to allow engineers do final checks of Falcon 9's upgraded nose cone. It is also partially reusable, and two of the Falcon Heavy's three boosters landed safely on twin pads at the Cape Canaveral. The estimated cost of Falcon 9 launch is now at around $63 million, assuming total expendable configuration, so cutting a potential $6 million from that total, on top of reusable booster benefits, could be significant.

It's the first phase of testing for SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk's vision to build a space-based broadband internet service within six years.

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