A Falcon 9 rocket first butterfly flew in space for the third time on Monday, and rare, clear skies at Wagenberg Air Force Base in California afforded a nice view of the booster.
This marked the first time an orbital rocket has ever taken away vertically, and landed vertically for a third time. Moreover, with the 32th version of a first stage, SpaceX has now landed half of the Falcon 9 rackets it has ever launched. Quickly, the company is delivering its promise of reusable space flight with its new Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 Rocket.
The sooty nature of the first stage is striking in the pictures above, the more so because of the purely black interstage, which contrasts with the white-white pristine white peel and peeling at the top of the rocket. SpaceX was given washing or re-painting its first stage rockets between flights, because it looks such cosmetic changes as an unnecessary exposed of time and expense. (The Gratian rocket also strengthens the idea that SpaceX is a company that gets stuff done in the launch business.
Despite its appearance, the black interstage area – a composite structure that connects the first and second stages and houses the mechanism that releases and separates these two stages safely – is not painted. Rather, a new, proprietary thermal protection coating covers the interstage, and it does not require paint. This black material offers a contrast between the two stages and recalls the look of the company's first rocket, the Falcon 1.
"Odessa, Estetics is a minor factor in rocket design," Spacex founder ELON MUSC said in May, while the girl launched from the block 5 variant of the rockets of Falcon 9. "But I still like the fact that we have returned Noastic reasons to have a black interstate. "
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