SpaceX The fairing is part of the protective cover at the top of the Falcon 9, which shields payloads as they’re lifted into orbit. Once the rocket punches out of the atmosphere and into space, the fairing breaks in half and falls back to Earth. A droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, then attempts to catch the fairing with a giant net. We’ve seen SpaceX capture a fairing on its most recent launch and before that we’ve seen it fail a few times. It seems practice makes perfect and it’s finally getting the hang of nabbing the nosecone like a ship-sized Mark Waugh stationed in the slips (that’s one for our Aussie readers).A New Zealand-based spaceflight company, Rocket Lab, announced on Tuesday it would also begin attempting to reuse rockets. It won’t be capturing any fairings, but it will try and snag the first stage booster from the sky with a helicopter. Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 13 Photos Share your voice Number two. SpaceX SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to orbit on Tuesday, offering a free ride for the AMOS-17 communications satellite. It was the third flight for the Falcon 9 booster and to get the satellite to orbit SpaceX had to do away with the booster — so we don’t get to see SpaceX pull off another dazzling booster return. However, we have got the next best thing: A droneship capturing the rocket’s fairing.Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, posted a video of the daring fairing capture to Twitter on Tuesday. 0 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019
This week has been so terribly busy that I’ve literally had no time to breathe. Well, almost. It’s been raining intermittently in Calcutta, and all the associated paraphernalia – lethargy, love, longing and such- are taking over our senses slowly and gradually. To be working indoors while fresh rains are making sweet love to the parched earth outside feels criminal. I, for one, have to constantly fight the urge to rush out every time the rains come calling, and splash around with gay abandon. Maybe, sing a line or two, too. But as they say, such things happen only in dreams. Or, in the movies. Now, I’m pretty sure the latter will never happen to me, but who’s to stop me from dreaming? So, this past week I’ve mostly been in the studio writing songs, while imagining that I’m holding hands with the perfect man, singing the 1969 classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the Paul Newman and Robert Redford (perfect men!) starrer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and getting drenched in some heavenly elixir! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the story on most days, but nights bring with them a different hazard altogether- football. I’m Bengali. Our love for football is a part of our DNA. I just read a joke that’s been doing the rounds on social media sites- Indians getting excited about the football World Cup is like Brazilians getting excited about Diwali. Well, a) it’s ridiculous to compare an annual, regional, religious festival with a quadrennial, international, sporting extravaganza that gives joy to everybody who watches. b) There’s no difference between Bengalis and Brazilians when it comes to our love for the game. Don’t believe me? Ask Pele. He’s played in Calcutta in front of maddening crowds! So, jokes such as the one I mentioned don’t apply to my fellow bong brethren. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd, like a true-blue Bengali, I’ve been religiously following every match. Of course, the Dutch proved that revenge is a dish best served (mercilessly) cold when they annihilated defending champions (and, one of my favorites) Spain last Friday, and that crushed me to such an extent that I continued to weep bitterly long after the match was over. But, that did nothing to break my indomitable spirit, and Pirlo’s magical skills during Italy’s convincing win over the valiant English made sure I stayed hooked. It’s been a week of fantastic, unpredictable football (and, very little sleep), what with underdogs turning the tables, and lions turning into mice, but one can’t say the same about the theme songs this year. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s insipid anthem We Are One has not found many takers, and WAG Shakira’s uninspired Dare You failed miserably in creating Waka Waka (Shakira’s 2010 anthem) Part 2. But, what has caught our eyeballs (and, looks poised to take the world by storm) is our very own disco-king Bappi Lahiri’s offering Life Is Football. After capturing our hearts and imagination with his tribute to Michael Jackson (King Of Pop Don’t Say Goodbye), Bappi Da has now come up with a befitting reply to JLo-Pitbull-Shakira. Don’t believe me? Please go look it up on Youtube! You can thank me later. And, here are the words, so we can sing along to Bappi da ka mewjik!Who-ee aar all one/Dreams aar haaaai/Threeell and faaan…that’s football!/Rheethem ees football/Speed ees football/Akshun ees football/And thee whole waarrld laavs football/O ole ole/Ole ole o/Oooway oo. Bappi da, take a bow. Jlo & Co., baaju hato!Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.