The star of the mission (and a great video) is a Falcon 9 The first stage booster that SpaceX calls B1059.5. It is the newest booster in the Special Space Flight Company’s fleet of veteran rockets, to launch and land five times.
in the video, The booster is seen jumping off the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Force Station, perform an aerial somersault and then gently land on its designated landing pad. SpaceX released the video on YouTube On Wednesday (September 9).
The main payload on board was the SAOCOM-1B Earth Observation Satellite built for the Argentine Space Agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE). An advanced radar imager flew into orbit with two smaller satellites.
The mission marked the first time a satellite had been launched into a polar orbit course from Florida since the 1960s. Typically this type of mission would be launched from the west coast because the missile would have a clear trajectory north or south, without having to avoid flying over populated areas. (This is due to debris from the Thor missile He reportedly killed a cow in Cuba In 1969, which changed the launch location for the polar expeditions.)
The launch also included an on-board camera that captures stunning images of the missile as it takes off and then returns to Earth. The shots are greatly speeded up, filling the entire process in just two minutes of stunning shots.
In the video, you can hear the roar of Merlin’s nine Falcon 9 engines as the rocket ascends into space, followed by thrusts from its onboard thrusters. Spectators are treated to a spectacular display of fireworks as the missile fires one of its engines through a series of burns planned to slow its descent enough for landing.
So far, SpaceX has recovered 18 Falcon 9 first-stage boosters on land in Cape Canaveral, and 42 additional boosters on floating platforms at sea. With 16 missions under its belt so far this year, SpaceX is preparing for another mission Starlink mission. Starlink’s Thirteenth Mission, expected to begin sometime next week, will deliver a new batch of the company’s satellites that send the internet into orbit.
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