On August 6, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket booster for the third time, with the AMOS-17 satellite as its payload, into space.
With incredible precision, SpaceX then retrieved a falling part of the rocket using a droneship and a net. Elon Musk has tweeted a video of the operation in action.
A breath-taking tweet
As CNET reports, in order to get its payload into orbit, SpaceX had to get rid of the Falcon 9 booster in space. So, while we weren't treated to amazing images or videos of another SpaceX booster landing, we did get to see another incredible operation of engineering precision take place.
Elon Musk, today, has tweeted a video of the rocket fairing being captured by a net and a drone ship at sea:
Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
The fairing acts as a protective cover for the Falcon 9's payload. After the rocket reaches orbit, it detaches, breaks in half and falls back to Earth.
While SpaceX is doing a pretty good job of catching fairings now, not all capture attempts have been successful, as can be seen below:
Recent fairing recovery test with Mr. Steven. So close! pic.twitter.com/DFSCfBnM0Y— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 8, 2019
The AMOS-17 is an advanced high-throughput Satellite that will provide increased internet connectivity to Africa.
The satellites are operated by Israeli-based SpaceCom. AMOS-17 will be given a series of in-orbit tests over the coming weeks.
Better SpaceX videos incoming
While the fairing capture video is undeniably impressive, one tweeter flagged the video's low quality and asked Musk if SpaceX could start to upload more videos on YouTube.
The tweeter suggested that this would allow SpaceX's video content to match the high-quality of the image content they post on Flickr.
Musk responded in the affirmative:
Sure— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
Not only can we look forward to more incredible space tech content, but we can also hopefully look forward to seeing it in crisp HD quality soon.