Rocket fairing falls from space & is caught by Ms Tree boat pic.twitter.com/nJv0Ry1iKk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7 augustus 2019
ARS Technica has some extra details and highlights that there's been a remarkable sea of change in the rocket industry since SpaceX first attempted to land its rockets. What was once seen as a crazy idea is now gaining a lot of traction because it just makes an awful lot of sense:
Russian space officials have gone from dismissing the economics of reusable launch to creating a new design bureau with the express purpose of studying and developing reusable launch vehicles. For a long time, European rocket scientists, too, scoffed at the utility of reuse. Now they are also studying how to develop a Falcon 9-like rocket. Japan's next rocket after its new H3 booster will likely be reusable, and a raft of Chinese firms are also studying—or perhaps simply copying—the SpaceX model.