SpaceX used a shiny new Falcon 9 rocket to successfully loft the latest military satellite to space for the US Space Force on Thursday. This mission was originally set to take off on October 2nd, but the rocket stopped itself from launch just 2 seconds before liftoff.
SpaceX has been pioneering a lot of flights this 2020 and ever since the company has been landing contracts with NASA, the expectations have only been growing in parallel. Since then the company has previously launched several business missions on various rockets and launched its own Starling satellites, all of which were successful. Later in SpaceX Hans Koenigsmann said Two of the rocket's nine first-stage engines were ignited early during a launch attempt in early October, causing the engine to shut down automatically.
This problem eventually led to the discovery of a small amount of lacquer used during a metal-treatment process that had to be removed before the flight, but no. The suspect engines were swapped out and new launch dates set.
With seconds left on the clock, mission control said 'Falcon 9, ignition, ' and the rocket activated its Marlin engines that shot out streams of fire and smoke before soaring up into space.More news: Covid: Liverpool's city-wide coronavirus testing begins
The U.S. Space Force launch is the third National Security Space Launch by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
And the Global Positioning System separated from the fairing with three minutes and 42 seconds into flight. Approximately four tons of satellite will be sent into transmission orbit at a distance of about 20,000 km.
If this mission succeeds and solves the lacquer problem, SpaceX will launch the second crew of the Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission expert Sôichi Noguchi., On the International Space Station. That work is now scheduled for November 14th.
The next SpaceX launch is expected to be the aforementioned Crew-1 mission for NASA.More news: Stevie Nicks rocks with Miley Cyrus on 'Edge of Midnight' remix
This was SpaceX's second mission to launch a GPS III satellite for the USA military this year. The vehicles sport a new "civil signal" that allows them to more easily communicate with other satellite navigation systems in space, notably Europe's Galileo constellation of more than two dozen spacecraft.
The GPS satellites are created to provide signals that are more accurate and powerful than previous generations, which boost performance for both civilians and military users.
About eight and a half minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's brand-new first stage touched down on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean. The company's launch webcast below should start 15 minutes before the launch window opens.More news: "Every legal vote should be counted" - Senate Majority Leader