SpaceX has improved the boat that will catch Falcon rocket nose cone shell. SpaceX made the catching net four times larger.
The nose cone shells are called payload fairings. Once outside the atmosphere the fairing is jettisoned which exposes the payload to space.
The SpaceX fairing separates into two halves. Fairings usually burned up in the atmosphere or were destroyed upon impacting the ocean. On March 30, 2017, SpaceX successfully retrieved a fairing intact for the first time in history. This was after the fairing was parachuted into the water. They want to parachute it and then catch it with the boat and the giant net.
Mr. Steven—now with more net. SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessel has been fitted with a 4x larger net ahead of its next recovery attempt targeted for later this month. https://t.co/cjXvzg1H70 pic.twitter.com/AdAwPP30OU
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 13, 2018