As you watch SpaceX send rockets into space several times, it may be easy to forget that the company is still just a startup. As such, it is still resolving the kinks in its operations, and one of the twists that does not seem to be enough to solve is the repeated failure to pick up and reuse a portion of your rocket called fairing.
The fairing is a part that forms the nose of the rocket and is not particularly cheap. SpaceX boss Elon Musk is determined to figure out a way to get his nose before hitting the ocean so it can be reused at a later date, but in a newly published video it's clear that SpaceX once again fell short .
As you can see in the video, the recovery test almost went perfectly and was going well until the end. The nose just missed the network of SpaceX's recovery ship, Mr. Steven, but this is not the first time.
SpaceX tried repeatedly to catch the fairing, only to be disappointed when something went wrong. The first tests were plagued by issues related to kicking, but lately it has been Steven's inability to position himself correctly, which has led to failure.
If that sounds familiar, well, it should. Just a few weeks ago, SpaceX released a video that looked a lot like this, with its nose almost without the massive net and falling into the ocean. The ship seems to be well aligned, but pushes forward a little and loses epic catch.
When SpaceX started playing around with the idea of getting the fairing, it used a considerably smaller net than the one Mr. Steven is currently equipped with. It was thought that the much wider net would make things considerably easier, but the company still needs to prove it is able to safely retrieve the nose. Maybe next time!