The two side boosters will need some kind of aerodynamic protection, which could very much be recovered with the rocket in one piece.

Will they be recovered and reused?


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The caps on the side boosters of the Falcon Heavy are attached to the cores and will not detach. Not sure that counts as a fairing in the traditional sense.

The term fairing, is traditionally used to refer to the protections around the second stage.

One of the Go Searcher recovery ships has been seen with a steel structure on the deck that is suggested to be a storage rack for either the recovered fairings, or a underpinning for the 'bouncy castle' designed to catch them. Go Searcher with possible recovery structure

The bouncy castle approach seems to have been more fully implemented on Mr Steven, a fast recovery ship SpaceX is trying to use to catch fairings.

Mr Steven underway - nets ho

Another view:

Showing some net

They tried to catch the fairings from the Falcon Heavy demo flight, and missed. They will get it next time I am sure. Here is the fairing floating along, minding its own business before being hijacked by Mr Steven.

Peaceful fairing floating

Then they dragged it aboard, kicking and screaming I am sure.

Is it there by choice?  Hard to tell

But the other half clearly fought back and did not make it so cleanly.

That is what happens when you struggle

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    $\begingroup$ There seems to be something wrong with your image; all I'm getting is an empty file. :( $\endgroup$ Dec 11, 2017 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ @IlmariKaronen, The images look OK to me. Maybe they've been fixed. $\endgroup$
    – ShadoCat
    Feb 23, 2018 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @ShadoCat: I was referring to the first image, which was the only one in the answer when I posted the comment above. It still seems broken to me. $\endgroup$ Feb 23, 2018 at 20:28

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