Prior or Previous

Here’s a sentence about SpaceX:

Each outfitted with a quartet of arms and pair of nets, it was the first time both ships successfully made it out into the Atlantic for a simultaneous fairing catch attempt, having been foiled by high seas during a prior November outing.

Now my rant:

“Prior” means something has more importance, for example, the senior exec has a prior claim on company funds.

“Previous” means earlier in time. So that sentence has the wrong word!

PS—”Successfully” in the second line is unnecessary. If the boats made it to the destination, the trip was by definition successful. You can’t have “unsuccessfully made it.”