Elon Musk's space company has developed a clever contraption to help it retrieve parts from Falcon 9 rockets that have landed back on Earth. As this is previously flown booster (first launched on August 24, 2017), SpaceX will not attempt to recover it for a third flight.
According to reports, The company with the help of Elon Musk's vision wants to create a giant constellation of almost 12,000 satellites that will orbit above Earth, allowing internet connectivity to antenna receivers on the planet's surface.
SpaceX plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket (pictured) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California on Wednesday.
However, if SpaceX succeeds in turning StarLink into reality, the company will be putting over 4,000 satellites in orbit around Earth in the next five years.
The Merlin 1D vacuum engine turns off after placing the Paz satellite into its planned 317-mile-high (511-kilometer) polar orbit.
On Wednesday, the Falcon 9's payload fairing will be the PAZ satellite.
We missed commenting on the success of Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launch this month amid the press of other news, but not for lack of admiration. Now, the company is planning same for the fairing. And you might recall the last time SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg in December.
With Mr. Steven, SpaceX is hoping to develop a more efficient solution to retrieving payload fairings.
For example, the total cost of a Falcon 9 launch is estimated to be about $61 million. During the launch, Musk informed that it is quite hard to develop a ideal method to recovery the fairing but within six months the company will come out with a solution. During testing of Falcon 9's standard fairing, SpaceX had managed to recover that successfully.
Looking into its past missions, SpaceX is expecting that it will able to recover the fairing.
Follow the key events of the Falcon 9 rocket's ascent to orbit with the Paz Earth observation payload for Hisdesat, operator of Spain's governmental satellites.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the approval of an application by SpaceX to provide broadband services using satellites in the United States and worldwide.