SpaceX catches part of a rocket nose with a boat mounted just after previous attempts have landed in the ocean
SpaceX finally captures part of a rocket nose with the help of its giant boat-mounted net after several previous attempts have sunk into the ocean
- SpaceX has successfully captured one of its rocket hoods in a giant net
- Half of the nose clay fell out of the Falcon Heavy and was safely led to earth
- The other half of the rocket tub fell into the sea but will still be restored
- Mission success marks a blessing for the company's efforts to reuse rocket components
For the first time ever, SpaceX fired part of a rocket tub during the Falcon Heavy rocket launch – allowing them to reuse the costly $ 6 million worth of equipment instead of rebuilding it.
Using a gigantic net mounted on a sea-going vessel in the Atlantic, the company was able to retrieve half of the nose cone from its rocket after plowing into space and successfully depositing 24 military satellites.
The boat, once called Mr. Stevens, but recently renamed Mrs. Boom, caught the bowl halfway after it separated from the rocket and plummeted back to earth.
The second half fell into the ocean and achieved a similar fate for many of his relatives.
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SpaceX has successfully landed its rocket components in a huge net in a huge blessing for the company's quest to reuse its rocket components
Until the beginning of Tuesday morning, SpaceX tried about a year to complete the performance without success.
The nose cone is not only a crucial tool in protecting cargo aboard the powerful rocket – it envelops the cargo and prevents it from burning out during flight – but is also quite expensive.
Only one of the cones costs around $ 6 million – a price tag that last year gave rise to an appropriate analogy from SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk.
& # 39; Imagine you had $ 6 million in cash in a palette flying through the sky, and it will hit the ocean & # 39 ;, Musk said at a press conference last year as reported by The edge.
& # 39; Would you try to fix that? Yes. Yes, you would. & # 39;
To guide the cockpit into the net, SpaceX uses a combination of built-in thrusters and a connected parachute to achieve a type of control.
Several attempts from the past with this method have not been successful, with nose cones completely missing the boat and the net and falling directly into the ocean.
The failed attempts and an accident that broke one of the arms of the previous ship were ultimately the reason for the company to make the net bigger.
Although SpaceX was still able to repair streamline hoods that accidentally ended up in the ocean, the damage caused by the instruments' wet landing is much greater than a graceful fall into a comfortable net.
The company hopes it will be safe to board Ms. Tree will increase the chance that the nose cones can be recovered and reused in future missions. SpaceX will assess the condition of the cone in the coming months.
If the mission to win back the power line hood is a success, it would be a blessing for future SpaceX launches, especially those of the Starlink project to launch thousands of internet satellites in low orbit.
In a recent tweet, Musk said the company is already preparing for a massive production of its powerful Raptor engine, helped in part by lower costs.
As production increases, Musk says the price of the Raptor will fall dramatically, from around $ 2 million per unit now to $ 200,000.
Production scale, coupled with the ability of the components to be reused, could see that the price per ton of power generated by the engine is only $ 1, Musk said.
WHAT SATELLITES WERE ON THE FALCON HEAVY LAUNCH?
The Falcon Heavy carries satellites for universities, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Planetary Society.
Six NOAA satellites form the Cosmic-2 mission, which will monitor the temperature, pressure and humidity of the atmosphere in the tropics.
This data should help meteorologists to improve their hurricane and tropical storm modeling.
The rocket also bears an atomic clock with deep space, a solar vessel, clean and green fuel and even human ash.
There is another test of new telescope technologies and a solar sail project, partly funded by the Planetary Society.
The remains are placed on board the General Atomics Orbital Test Bed, one of the 24 satellites carried by Falcon Heavy.
After the boosters were safely separated, the vessel embarked on its six-hour mission to use the 24 satellites on board.
This is a collaboration between NOAA, the US Air Force (USAF), Jet Propulsion Lab (NAS), JPL.
This constellation consisting of six satellites will provide Global Navigational Satellite System Acultation (GNSS-RO) data.
This data is collected by measuring the changes in a radio signal when it is broken into the atmosphere, allowing temperature and moisture to be determined.
The Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, is a NASA mission that has a & # 39; green & # 39; alternative to conventional propulsion systems for space ships.
Oculus was developed by students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton to determine the height and configuration of the spacecraft using optical images.
General Orbital Test Bed (OTB) from Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is a & # 39; hosting & # 39; model to test and qualify technologies.
OTB hosts several payloads for technology demonstration, including the Deep Space Atomic Clock, designed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NPSat will investigate space weather and support the situational awareness of the spaceSSA).
Prox-1 is a microsat developed by students of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, who will demonstrate nearby satellite operations and rendezvous.
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