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SpaceX's Mr. Steven: A Rocket Nose-Cone Catching Boat in Photos

Mr. Steven
Nestled among the many freight containers and fishing vessels is one of the newest members of SpaceX's recovery team.
(Image: © Amy Thompson/Space.com)

Mr. Steven in Port

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Nestled among the many freight containers and fishing vessels resides one of the newest members of SpaceX's recovery team: Mr. Steven. Space.com got a look at the boat during testing on Aug. 13, 2018. Read our full story here!

A view of Mr. Steven Holding a Fairing

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On August 13th, Mr. Steven was spotted with a piece of a fairing in the net. SpaceX was likely performing tests to see how the net would perform with a fairing in it as well as testing procedures before its next attempt to catch a fairing.

Fairing suspended above Mr. Steven

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SpaceX conducted tests with Mr. Steven and a piece of a payload fairing on August 13. Here's a view of the fairing piece suspended above the net by a crane.

Fairing attached to crane

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A crane was used to repeatedly lift and lower a fairing half in Mr. Steven's net on Aug. 13, 2018.

Fairing Close-up

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A close up view of the fairing piece in Mr. Steven's net.

Mr. Steven SpaceX

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Mr. Steven made its debut in February. Acting as a giant catcher's mitt, the vessel sports new upgrades that include four new outstretched arms and a bigger net that spans 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters).

Net shot

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SpaceX was spotted conducting tests with Mr. Steven on Aug. 13, 2018 prior to the company's next West Coast launch, which is slated for September.

Fairing close-up tilted

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Mr. Steven's net looks like it can support the weight of a fairing with no issues.

Mr. Steven with bouncy raft

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Mr. Steven has an empty net following testing. Alss visible is a bouncy raft that the company may use to catch Dragon spacecraft in the future.

Fairing on dock after testing

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The fairing SpaceX used to test properties of Mr. Steven's net rests on the dock after the test is complete.

Fairing in the water

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SpaceX is trying to avoid the corrosive effects of salt water by catching fairing halves before they touch the water.

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