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SpaceX flies Falcon 9 rocket booster for a record 9th time, delivers 3rd batch of Starlink satellites in two weeks

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SpaceX flies Falcon 9 rocket booster for a record 9th time, delivers 3rd batch of Starlink satellites in two weeks

SpaceX has conveyed another 60 Starlink satellites to circle — meaning it has sent 180 in total to join its 1,000+ solid constellation in the past two weeks alone. Today’s launch also set a precedent for SpaceX for its Falcon 9 rocket reusability program, since it was the ninth flight and ninth landing for this particular first-stage booster.

The booster was utilized already on a variety of missions, including five earlier Starlink launches, as well as the Demo-1 mission for the company’s Crew Dragon capsule, which was the uncrewed experimental drill that demonstrated it would function as intended from launch all the way to docking with the International Space Station and then returning back to Earth. SpaceX flies Falcon 9 rocket booster for a record 9th time

SpaceX set its earlier reusability record in January this year – another Starlink launch – using this exact same restored first stage, which had recently flown in December of last year before that. SpaceX not just wants to continue to show that it can re-fly these boosters an ever increasing number of times, yet additionally that it can turn them around rapidly for their next mission, since both speed and volume will have a significant impact on launch costs.

Rocket reuse is of particular importance with regards to these Starlink missions, which are happening with increasing recurrence as SpaceX pushes to expand the availability of its Starlink broadband internet administration globally. As referenced, this is the third launch of 60 satellites for the constellation in only 10 days — the latest launch happened just Thursday, and the first of this threesome occurred the Thursday before that.

From here, anticipate that SpaceX should simply continue to launch at generally this pace for the following short time, since it has two more planned Starlink launches before March is finished, including one tentatively set for next Sunday. As the company is its own client for these missions, it’s eating the expense of the launches (at least until Starlink starts operating past its present beta and bringing in more income) so re-flying boosters is a decent way to help mitigate the overall spend. SpaceX flies Falcon 9 rocket booster for a record 9th time

 

Courtesy: techcrunch

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