SpaceX blows off recycled rocket with three Canadian satellites the size of a Tesla Roadster, because it makes a perfect landing on Earth
- SpaceX launched its seventh Falcon rocket for the year off the California coast
- About ten minutes after the launch, the recycled rocket hit the land again
- It has deployed three satellites for the Canadian government that maps the water
- The satellites are about the size of a Tesla Roadster at 23ft wide and 11.8ft high
SpaceX has fired a load of three Tesla Roadster-sized satellites for the Canadian government, marking its seventh successful launch this year.
Through a thick haze of fog, the white Falcon 9 rocket fled at 10:17 am (ET) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
About ten minutes after launch, the recycled rocket hit the landing platform without a hitch.
& # 39; Falcon has landed back at landing zone four at Vandenberg Air Force Base & # 39 ;, said a SpaceX announcer during a live stream of the launch.
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SpaceX has fired a load of three Tesla Roadster-sized satellites for the Canadian government, which marks its sixth launch this year. The launch took place at 10:17 am (ET)
The launch used the same Falcon 9 rocket that was on mission a few months earlier in March, when the Crew Dragon capsule was delivered to the international space station ISS.
The mission & # 39; RADARSAT Constellation & # 39; also represents the second successful launch and landing of SpaceX on the west coast.
About 55 minutes after the launch, SpaceX successfully deployed the first of the trio of satellites.
The satellites, which circle about 370 miles above the Earth, are about the size of a Tesla Roadster, which is about 23ft wide and 11.8ft high.
When all three are deployed, the satellites map the waters of Canada and give lectures from the North Pole to help ships navigate.
To do this, they are equipped with radar and ship identification technology, according to the Canadian Space Agency.
The launch used the same Falcon 9 rocket that was on mission a few months earlier in March when he delivered the Crew Dragon capsule to the international space station
& # 39; The three-satellite configuration of the RCM provides daily revisions of Canada & # 39; s vast territory and maritime approaches, including the Arctic up to 4 times a day, as well as daily access to any point of 90% of the Earth's surface. , & # 39; said SpaceX. in a statement.
& # 39; Helping the RCM make accurate nautical charts of the Canadian oceans and Great Lakes to facilitate navigation and commercial maritime transport. & # 39;
After this mission, SapceX will launch the Falcon Heavy megarocket for the third time on 24 June.
That event, also called the STP-2 mission, will orbit various satellites for the Ministry of Defense.
About 55 minutes after the launch, SpaceX successfully deployed the first of the trio of satellites. The satellites help chart the land and waters of Canada and help ships navigate
The satellites (shown), which rotate about 370 miles above the Earth, are about the size of a Tesla Roadster, about 23ft wide and 11.8ft long
It also carries the Lightsail 2 from the Planetary Society, a & # 39; solar spring & # 39; that looks like a kite and can guide satellites by using solar energy.
The first launch of Lightsail took place in 2015 and now the team hopes to test it even further.
Once Lightsail 2 has been deployed, it flies around the earth for the first time to test maneuverability.
WHY DOES SPACEX USE RACKETS AND OTHER PARTS?
SpaceX tries to reuse rockets, cargo streamlining caps, boosters and other components to try and reduce the costs of each missile mission.
The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated at £ 44 million ($ 61 million), while each of the larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £ 65 million ($ 90 million).
The space company has previously reused first rocket amplifiers from the first and second phases, in addition to one of its previously flown Dragon capsules.
The Dragon spacecraft is used as the final phase of SpaceX missions to replenish the international space station.
In an incredible feat, the reusable Falcon Heavy side boosters landed smoothly back to Earth on two separate launch blocks of about 8 minutes.
SpaceX is currently testing a system to restore the power cap of its Falcon 9 rockets.
The charging current caps are bivalve shell-shaped nose cone figures that protect the cargo of the vessel.
SpaceX has repaired a charging current lining for the first time in 2017.
During the first launch of the Falcon Heavy in February 2018, the company brought two of the boosters to the company simultaneously on separate launches.
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