But some parts of the Heavy were destined to come back to Earth, including the protective payload fairing that shielded the satellites from the extreme forces of a rocket launch.
View from the fairing during the STP-2 mission; when the fairing returns to Earth, friction heats up particles in the atmosphere, which appear bright blue in the video pic. twitter.
For the first time, SpaceX captured the fairing before it dropped into the Atlantic — and have now provided stunning vision of its return to Earth.
The SpaceX twitter account shared the video below on Tuesday evening, giving rocket chasers a fairing-eye’s view of the return to Earth.
Once the rocket has punched through Earth’s atmosphere, the fairing gets jettisoned and comes back to Earth.
Estimates suggest each fairing costs around $6 million, which means recovering them is important to drive down spaceflight costs for SpaceX.
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Rather than manufacture a new fairing each time, it’s better just to re-use them — but until the most recent launch it’s been difficult to catch the falling hunk of metal as it descends toward the ocean.
On July 24, SpaceX sent the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, into space.
The Falcon Heavy payload fairing goes blue (da ba dee, da ba daa).
The fairing acts like a nose cone for the rocket and shields the cargo being launched off-planet.
SpaceX camera captures incredible view of rocket part returning to Earth https://t.co/pZHlNP17Oz— CNET News (@CNETNews) July 4, 2019