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SpaceX broke multiple records with its launch of 64 satellites at once

SpaceX broke multiple records with its launch of 64 satellites at once

The launch was delayed for a day because of a problem with food for the mice. Although it is nearly without a doubt too early to actually know if the booster is in good enough condition to ever fly again, Musk seemed to directly suggest that it could eventually relaunch in support of an "internal SpaceX mission", basically either Starlink or tech development.

In what has become a rare sight, the Falcon 9 vertical on the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station awaiting blast off is a new rocket.

In an extraordinary bit of live footage, SpaceX's first Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft was topped by a spectacular partial failure of the Block 5 booster during its attempted recovery at Landing Zone-1 (LZ-1).

Rodent Research-8, the latest in a long-running series of experiments, is just one of the payloads packed on the Dragon. As USA Today notes, the rocket's booster was the first Falcon 9 to launch three missions, an important part of the company's plan to reduce costs by reusing rockets. The Dragon capsule will deliver more than 5,600 pounds of food and supplies to the crew, as well as scientific experiments, including the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, which will measure the impact of climate change on the world's forests.

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Rohani also vowed that the United States would not be able to prevent Iran from exporting its crude oil. Stennis is aimed at preventing such a possibility of Iran blocking the Strait of Hormuz from happening.

About seven minutes after liftoff, the second stage and Dragon spacecraft separated from the Falcon 9's first stage and proceeded to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). It should reach the space station at the weekend. The company expects to start launching station crews next year. He once famously described the disastrous crash of an early Falcon 9 booster as "rapid unscheduled disassembly". But on the way down, one of the booster's titanium steering grids failed to work properly.

Now, SpaceX head honcho Elon Musk has shared some clearer video of what, exactly, happened and what went wrong on the Falcon's journey back to Earth.

"The vehicle kept well away from anything where it could pose even the slightest risk to population and property", he said during a post-launch briefing.

The first stage, meanwhile, tried to come back for a vertical landing at Cape Canaveral. The mission, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, delivered a whopping 64 tiny satellites into orbit, which is the most in a single mission in the history of US spaceflight. During that mission, 64 satellites were successfully deployed in sun-synchronous orbit for the customers of Seattle-based Spaceflight, which handled pre-launch arrangements.


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