For the first time, a single orbital rock rocket booster is used for three missions, pushing a payroll into place, and then returning safely to the ground every time.
A SpaceX Block 5 Falcon 9 Rocket Woke Off Wendenberg Air Force Base in California at 10:34 am AM Monday. The first stage landed on the label 's drone ship, called Just read the instructions, stationed in the Pacific Ocean about seven minutes later.
The same buster is used in the first block 5 launch (the latest version of the 9 Falcon 9 to fly up to 100 times) in May and then again in August.
Reusing rockets over and over is key to Elon's muscle's vision of cheaper, faster launches to orbit.
This particular mission also pushed an unprecedented number of small subdivisions to a US dollar. It. Based rocket. The top stage of the Falcon 9 is set to duplicate a total of 64 cubesets and small balloons representing 34 different organizations and 17 countries. The drive parts were put together by Spaceflight Industries, which bought all the space on the rocket from SpaceX to resell for the mission it calls SSO-A SmaltSat Express.
Just under eight minutes after blastoff the lower half of the Falcon 9, stuck with its three launches, made a perfect landing in the middle of the target on the drone ship.
Space also says it will attempt to retrieve the fairing, or nose cone, from the rocket using its rigid net-on-a-shoe approach. The company has tried to catch its fairings a handful of times, but still has to succeed. There is no video feeding from the fairing recovery attempt, but we will update the post when we hear how it went.
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