Watch SpaceX rocket’s nose cone miss the boat, again

Mr. Steven has a net for catching rocket parts. 


As the old adage goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 

SpaceX made another attempt at catching a rocket’s fairing (a protective nose cone), using a boat dubbed Mr. Steven

Poor Mr. Steven. Maybe he’s got butter fingers, according to a video posted by SpaceX on Tuesday. The fairing just slipped off the boat’s net. 

In a tweet, SpaceX said this was “one of Mr. Steven’s final West Coast fairing recovery tests before shipping out for the East Coast.”

This isn’t the first time the fairing has literally missed the boat. The last game of catch was earlier in January

SpaceX wants to nab rocket fairings so it can reuse them. Founder Elon Musk has been long working on ways to reuse rockets as a means of making launches cheaper and faster. In December, SpaceX used one of its single boosters for a third time. The company also has plans to lay off 10 percent of its workforce. 

Update, January 31 at 7:11 a.m. PT: Adds additional context.

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