The launch on Sunday was made possible by a flame tower at the end of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which was making its sixth flight in its career. He successfully landed on a drone in the Atlantic Ocean so he could fly another day. The two halves of the rocket’s bow cone were also caught by ships equipped with huge nets, although one appeared to be at least partially pierced through the net.
SpaceX and a competitorI saw several launch attempts cleared of weather and technical issues between late August and early October, which led to the rise of the hashtags #scrubtember and #scrubtober. Since then, SpaceX has managed to get two , including the one on Sunday.
Aand the launch of a ULA on an American spy satellite remains justified as long as technical issues continue to be resolved.
SpaceX must launch thousands of its Internet-broadcasting birds into low-Earth orbit over the next few years to meet FCC permit requirements. So far, more than 700 satellites have been launched and more than 60 of the oldest models have been or will soon be disposed of. All this means that SpaceX has a way to achieve its ultimate ambition to create a mega-constellation with tens of thousands of satellites.
SpaceflightNow.com reports that Wednesday’s mission will begin at 5:25 a.m. PT (8:25 a.m. in Florida). As soon as the live video is available, we’ll add it here.