SpaceX successfully recovered both parts of its rocket’s nosecone fairing after a Falcon 9 launch. This is the first time ever, SpaceX recovered both halves of the fairing.
The fairing has divided into two parts and acts as a protective gear for the rocket’s payload when the rocket ascends from the earth’s atmosphere to space. SpaceX was trying to recover both the parts for the past few years, as recovered parts can be reused again. This reduces the rocket’s cost significantly.
The main challenge for successfully recovering the halves is that they don’t have propellant systems that can control the landing process like the first stage of Falcon 9. Instead, they rely on parachutes so positing the landing boat or ship in the ocean is quite challenging.
SpaceX estimated that it could save around $6 billion per launch by using the recovered parts.