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SpaceX To Launch 'Silliest' Thing On Falcon Heavy

04 April 2017, 04:40 | Ignacio Smith

Kremlin Eyes Competition With Elon Musk's SpaceX

Watch Elon Musk react incredulously to SpaceX's recycled rocket landing: “I'm at a loss for words”

Last year, the Air Force awarded SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, California, its first substantial military contract in a deal valued at $83 million to launch a Global Positioning System satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018.

While the company has already proved that it cannot only land the first stage, or booster, of Falcon 9 but can also reuse it, there is much more cost savings involved if it can manage to bring back the Falcon 9 Heavy second stage.

SpaceX has otherwise conducted the bulk of its rocket landings at sea, something Musk has said is necessary for high-velocity missions. "It means you can fly and re-fly an orbit-class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket".

"It's an fantastic day I think for space as a whole", Musk said after the landing. "It's like its own little spacecraft". But, Mr. Musk's space firm has become adept in recovering rockets after their launch. These are essential for precisely and safely landing the rocket back on Earth, such as on SpaceX's moving unmanned barge in the Atlantic Ocean. Being able to reuse the rocket represents a huge cost savings. Many more landed boosters will be used during future missions. While Musk refused to tell the press what the mystery item was right after the 2010 launch, the Los Angeles Times reported it to be the cheese upon confirmation of SpaceX the next day.

On Thursday, Musk's SpaceX blasted off the recycled Falcon 9 rocket's first stage (so-called booster), a feat that could significantly decrease the cost of space travel. The fireball destroyed the not only the rocket, but also the Amos-6 commercial satellite, and significantly damaged the pad. However, that appears more complex done than said as the bigger vehicle is no Falcon 9, rather it consists of three Falcon 9 core at its center. Currently, millions of dollars' worth of rocket parts are jettisoned after each launch.

It was the HOTTEST March in Delhi since 2011
This season has witnessed unusually hot mornings with minimum temperatures crossing the 20-degree mark over the last week. In Delhi, the mercury settled six notches above normal at 38.2 degrees Celsius.

While the exact life of the re-used boosters is uncertain, Musk said they could be redeployed anywhere from 10 to 100 or even 1,000 times, depending on how much refurbishment is needed.

However, he dismissed "naysayers" this week and stressed the historic nature of the launch on what he has described as a "flight-proven" rocket.

Once in position, the satellite will provide telecommunications services to Latin America.

On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave an inspiring speech at Rice University, my alma mater, where he said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade. not because (it is) easy, but because (it is) hard".



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