SpaceX unveils massive new net to try and catch rocket fairings as they fall to earth

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Elon Musk's rocket company has installed some super-size arms on its 'Mr Steven' boat in the hopes that it will be able to recover rocket fairings.

The bigger arms will make way for a new net that's roughly quadruple in size compared to the old apparatus, according to Teslarati.

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The arms are estimated to cover an area of 700 square feet, while the net could be as large as 40,000 square feet, or about an acre.

SpaceX has encountered many issues with Mr Steven, which is described as a giant webbed catcher's mitt, ever since it was debuted during a Falcon 9 rocket launch in February.

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So far, each attempt to use Mr Steven to recover a payload fairing, or nose cone, has failed.

Enlarging the net and Mr Steven's arms may increase the chances that it successfully catches fairings in the future.

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'Catching rocket fairings falling from space has proven tricky, so we made the net really big,' Musk wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

' looked smaller on paper,' he quipped.

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It took about 48 hours to install the new arms on Mr Steven, Teslarati noted.

One Twitter user joked with Musk that the Tesla boss should 'just hop in your suit and catch them manually,' to which Musk replied: 'Good point.'

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Each of the arms' eight struts were also upgraded as part of the process and now the firm will move to install the new net.

SpaceX will try out the new-and-improved Mr Steven system on July 25...
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