The video shows a SpaceX ship catching the rocket’s fairing as it falls from space, and it’s a perfect catch!
catching the rocket’s fairing into a net.
TechCrunch explains that the fairing is used to shield the rocket during takeoff.
The pieces of the fairing are meant to fall over the Atlantic, and SpaceX performed trial runs of catching them before the actual launch.
For this purpose, SpaceX dropped the fairing from a helicopter, but not every attempt of catching it was successful.
As TechCrunch writes, the company plans to reuse these fairings for future launches.
According to the same source, Musk previously said SpaceX essentially “throws away $6 million every time a fairing crashes into the ocean.”