The video – which many are debating its authenticity – shows a ship rigged with a giant net catching one side of a rocket fairing.
Tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has posted a cryptic video to his Twitter account of a ship catching half a Falcon 9 fairing at sea.
The video – which many are debating its authenticity – shows a ship rigged with a giant net catching one side of the fairing of Space X's recently launched Falcon 9 rocket.
With elevator music and graphics that appear to be computer-rendered, the video is captioned "Aloha, welcome back from space".
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When asked in the comments if the video is real, Musk replied with a simple "yes".
According to the billionaire, both the ship and the parachutes on the fairing are controlled by SpaceX autopilot, rendering no need for humans to be on board.
Another video posted by SpaceX's official Twitter account shows a camera onboard the ship – dubbed Ms. Tree – which appears to authenticate the event.https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1295742100898582528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
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The Falcon 9 rocket was launched yesterday as part of SpaceX's Starlink mission, which involves sending 58 Starlink satellites into space to help internet access in disadvantaged areas.
The fairing is a nose cone which sits on the outside of a rocket to protect against the extreme temperatures and physics placed on an object launching through the atmosphere.
The fairing splits top to bottom into two equal halves and descends back to Earth once the rocket is in space.
Falcon's 9 other fairing made a soft landing in the ocean, which recovery ship Ms. Tree was attempting to recover.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/elon-musk-news-space-x-falcon-9-fairing-caught-in-drone-ship-net/43de4cad-2d91-40e0-a87b-cd10f95a4393