SpaceX successfully deployed the Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea’s Anasis-II military satellite on Monday, local time,media reported. The first-stage booster landed on an unmanned ship, the first time SpaceX has recovered both halves of the shroud. The rectifier is a nose cone that protects the goods being transported during launch. It will crack and fall back to earth.
SpaceX’s two ships, Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief used their large nets to catch the two pieces. SpaceX has long sought to get a full rectifier back, so this is a moment to celebrate.
SpaceX posted the video on Twitter Tuesday.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk also announced the success on Monday.
All of these efforts are part of SpaceX’s efforts to reuse rocket parts to reduce launch costs.