Saturday, 18 November, 2017

SpaceX successfully launches, lands used rocket

The Falcon 9 being launched today was used to send 10 satellites to space in January The Falcon 9 being launched today was used to send 10 satellites to space in January
Heather Davidson | 27 June, 2017, 02:38

Despite the delays, the car-size satellites being launched today have come a long way since they were first trucked in pairs from Phoenix to Vandenberg.

LOSANGELES-SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time.

The pad underwent a number of renovations and adjustments to adapt it for the needs of the Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy rockets SpaceX uses for its launches.

After launching as scheduled from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 pm local time (2025 GMT), the Falcon 9's first stage returned less than eight minutes after taking off.

SpaceX will try recovering the brand-new booster being used for today's liftoff as well: After stage separation, it's programmed to fly itself down to an autonomous drone ship that's floating in the Pacific Ocean, off the California coast.

SpaceX has successfully launched a second Falcon 9 into space this weekend, for Iridium, their client.

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Sunday's launch was the first rocket equipped with SpaceX's new titanium hypersonic grid fins, which are used to steer the rocket as it reenters the atmosphere.

Apart from being weekend of firsts for SpaceX, it was also the first time Bulgaria launched a telecommunications satellite.

He also posted a video of the landing on Instagram. It was previously used in January. The launches will deliver a total of 75 satellites into space for the $3 billion Iridium NEXT global communications network. There will be six more Iridium Next missions over the next year.

Earlier this month, the company launched a supply mission to the International Space Station using a Dragon spaceship that had previously been flown to the interstellar outpost in 2014. Those satellites will be "slot swapped" into the operational constellation, replacing existing spacecraft, after several weeks of on-orbit tests and maneuvers.

The company has been contracted to launch BulgariaSat-1, the country's first communications satellite created to transmit television programming to the Balkans and southeastern Europe. He's been trying to get the company to a point where it can reuse things like the rocket's main stage, or the payload fairing (the cone at the top), instead of building a new rocket for each new launch.

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