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SpaceX F9 - JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 - SLC-40

e-FTW

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Aug 23, 2015
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SpaceX says the fairing recovery ships barely missed recovering the halves of the nosecone. And said they are working to pull them out of the water for possible reuse. Source: @Spacex on Twitter.
Yup, shame!
But I can imagine plenty of weather related things can make this in some respects much harder than catching a rocket on a rocking drone ship.
But hey, they’ve done it once already!
 
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Yup, shame!
But I can imagine plenty of weather related things can make this in some respects much harder than catching a rocket on a rocking drone ship.
But hey, they’ve done it once already!
I'm sure they'll solve the problem. And I wish they'd stream video of the recovery attempts. I try to never miss a SpaceX launch.
 
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Nikxice

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Not sure why this stuff bothers me, but it does anyway.
A SpaceX rocket lost its nose cone during an otherwise successful launch in Florida
I emailed the B I author pointing out her total focus on an experimental fairing recovery, while perhaps purposefully failing to acknowledge another spectacular booster landing on a rocking drone ship in the Atlantic.

I'm aware that Tesla and SpaceX often gets bashed by the media and it's suspected that Elon's lack of advertising can be a contributing factor. Mixed feelings, but sometimes I think it might be worth calling them out on their click bait articles.
 
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e-FTW

New electron smell
Aug 23, 2015
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Pretty sure BI is now a full-on content farm with minimal staff and lots of auto-generated content. Maybe even some tasks by Mechanical Turk.

Meanwhile in the real world, this was the first attempt at catching both fairing halves!

Alternative headlines to bring us back to happy:
SpaceX narrowly misses historic dual-fairing catch
SpaceX one small step closer to 100% reusable space rockets
SpaceX, bored with landing rockets attempts to catch both halves of fairing on 19th ISS re-supply mission” [Ed: too long! Cut that kid!]
 
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bxr140

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Nov 18, 2014
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Now that’s just sad.

To be fair, I hadn’t considered the possibility that BI is including hobby rockets vis a vis their assessment of a launch operator’s attempts to recover ‘nose cones’.

Really, what self respecting kid doesn’t valiantly hunt around the field to un-lose that Estes nose come?
 

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