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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Spudley

They've also landed (and possibly recovered?) the school bus sized multimillion dollar payload fairing as well.

Did they? I didn't even hear about that bit.

Sounds pretty cool (and eminently achievable), but I've got to wonder how come the fairings could cost multi million dollars? I guess everything in rocketry is going to be expensive by definition, but I would always have assumed that the fairings would be at the bottom of the list in terms of costs.

Nevertheless, whatever their value, if they can be returned and re-used for less than the cost of making new ones, then it's a win. And well done SpaceX for trying it.

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