As the batteries on Elon musk's Tesla Roadster ran out of power, subsequently ending the stunning live video transmission of the vehicle's journey through space, many were left wondering how to further track its travels. "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ", the company tweeted. "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ".
The fairing is basically the shell at the top of the rocket that protects whatever cargo's being launched (for instance, it housed the Tesla Roadster and SpaceX's Starman mannequin during the recent Falcon Heavy test launch). Although SpaceX has not talked publicly about these fairings, they represent an upgrade over previous iterations, and the company will make an effort to recover them from the Pacific Ocean.
SpaceX is planning to use a giant net - one so huge that it takes up the majority of a high-speed watercraft named Mr. Steven - to catch reusable gear that falls back to Earth after missions to outer space. Even still, the current state of the rocket is already impressive.
SpaceX has previously recovered a nose cone past year during a launch but it will now attempt to capture the fairing using the net boat called Mr. Steven. Today the word on the e-streets is that SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Can Go Mining On Asteroids. Why? Quietly on board will be two experimental broadband satellites, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, a big first step in SpaceX' s long-term plans to create satellite internet over the next decade. The rocket will be sending the company's first Starlink broadband satellites as well as the Paz radar-imaging satellite for Spain into orbit. SpaceX's next launch is scheduled for tomorrow. Thoughts about the forthcoming launch? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!