In May this year SpaceX had successfully completed the launch and recovery of the first stage of a Falcon 9 Rocket for the tenth time. The company of Elon Musk however, he aims to go much higher and thanks to today’s mission, he is well on his way to trying to achieve what was planned (each first stage could fly up to 20 times).
The mission involved placing into orbit 52 Starlink satellites which serve to continue to expand the service and make it more and more complete (and profitable). As official sources report, everything went according to plan, from the departure of Falcon 9 Rocketduring first stage reentry until the satellites are released.
SpaceX has successfully launched and recovered a Falcon 9 11 times
The mission, as written above, had the payload of Starlink Satellites with the Falcon 9 Rocket which took off not from Florida but from Space Launch Complex 4E at the Vandenberg base, located in California. The rocket took off at 1:41 p.m. (Italian time, or 4:41 a.m. local time).
As in other missions, also in this one the first stage of the rocket is back drone ship call Of course I still love you (OCISLY) land correctly about nine minutes after takeoff. Unfortunately, the video streaming from the barge wasn’t the best to appreciate the landing, but the official confirmation removes any doubts about the success.
This same first stage will likely be used in new missions in the future in 2022 and beyond. As noted above, it’s important to note that this particular carrier has flown ten more times in the past, achieving an eleventh record with this mission. SpaceX he can thus optimize his expenses and make his launches more competitive.
The previous missions of this Falcon 9 (code B1051) were the launches of the unmanned demonstration mission for Crew Dragon (Demo-1), that for RADARSAT, SiriusXM SXM-7 and then seven Starlink missions. Another success for SpaceX and a new challenge for the competition, waiting to see what Starship will be capable of when finished.
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