SpaceX To Launch 'Silliest' Thing On Falcon Heavy
- Author: Darren Santiago Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 4:35
Rockets, once sent into space, are usually substantially damaged; the only alternative in these circumstances is to invest millions of dollars to make a new rocket - a serious challenge to a private company, when the return of investment hinges on a series of factors beyond the control of the technical team that include being at the mercy of gravity.
Two years later - and after an unfortunate 2016 - SpaceX made history again by launching and landing Falcon 9 with a recycled booster.
Just this last week, in addition to recovering the reused rocket one more time on his floating drone ship out at sea, Musk was also able to recover the fairing that surrounded the satellite being launched into orbit by the Falcon 9.
Mr. Musk said in a statement, "I think it's an incredible day for space". My mind's blown, frankly. SES, in fact, is considering more launches later this year on reused Falcon boosters.
SpaceX has plans to re-fly up to six rockets during 2017, and will now be refurbishing this latest first stage for future use.
Tech Times reported on March 31 that SpaceX successfully launched a satellite into orbit with its first recycled rocket and discussed why the feat is such a huge deal, especially when it comes to space exploration.
SpaceX is developing a viable commercial launch ability, but Musk has not been shy about his ultimate goal of colonizing Mars. "Just like an aircraft, really", Musk said. "The thrusters maintain its orientation as it re-enters and then. the parachute steers it to a particular location".
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"Odds of success low, but maybe worth a shot", Musk wrote on Twitter on Friday.
"At first it sounded easy, but actually no this is insane hard", Musk said.
"People said we were taking a huge risk. It was actually shockingly hard to go from a single core to a triple-core vehicle".
Musk on 1st April, today, announced on Twitter the programs for the trial flight of Falcon Heavy, which is meant to carry a high amount of payloads than the Falcon 9 rockets, which are already in use. But current work-in-progress on the first stage Falcon 9 rocket is being done so that each vehicle is designed for 10 or more launches, and this iteration will be flying later this year. Combined with the nose cone, that's about 84 percent in savings of the original costs of the launch (fuel costs notwithstanding).
About 10 minutes later, the first stage, or booster, achieved a successful landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship that was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Judging from the achievements of bold companies such as SpaceX, but also Blue Origin which has its own working reusable rocket plans, a fully functional reusable rocket could surface within the next 12 months.