Freshly Released Videos Show SpaceX's STP-2 Mission Falcon Fairing Returning to Earth

In a show of blazing blue flames, videos of SpaceX's fairing landing back on Earth are shared by Elon Musk and SpaceX.
Fabienne Lang

Released on Wednesday this week, new videos and images on Twitter show Elon Musk's SpaceX fairing of the company's Falcon Heavy rocket taking a dramatic plunge back into the stratosphere. 


The fairing was launched into the stratosphere on June 25, 2019. Both videos were tweeted, one by Elon Musk, and one by SpaceX. 

A little bit of information on STP-2 and the fairing

The fairing is a composite aerodynamic shell protecting satellites when they are propelled into space. Once in the stratosphere, rockets rid themselves of these outer shells, the fairings, which ultimately fall back down to Earth. 

Most fairings are then discarded. What Elon Musk and SpaceX have tried to do is to retrieve the fairings' components, in order to reuse them. 

Last year, SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, stated that one fairing typically costs around $6 million.

That's a fair bit of cash to spare if Musk can find a way to reuse fairings. 

With this in mind, Musk's fairing recovery boat, renamed "Ms. Tree," previously known as "Mr. Steven," now has a huge net with the purpose of catching the fairing's shell. 

Landing in a net allows for the fairing's reuse

The net would enable the reuse of the fairing as less saltwater would infuse the fairing, which typically involves a higher number of repairs. 

Ms. Tree successfully caught one half of the fairing in her net. SpaceX now would like to reuse the fairing.

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The company's fairings have been fitted with avionics, thrusters, and parachutes that facilitate steering, all in order to help with a softer landing. 

SpaceX's plan is to ultimately catch both halves of the fairing in its ship's net, and reuse them in the future for other launches. 

Watch the videos to catch striking glimpses of the fairing returning into the stratosphere. 

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