SpaceX has successfully deployed the 7th Falcon 9 rocket mission with its booster hosting a set of 60 Starlink satellites. These payloads will be entering the company’s constellation that will be providing a 5G internet connection. The Falcon 9 rocket used in this mission left the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at night to ensure the company passes the 23rd launch milestone this year. Additionally, this mission is the 100th flight for the Falcon 9 rocket.
The mission took nine minutes, after which the core stage safely docked back at the company’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The drone ship is one of the company’s pair to disburse the recovered pieces of its missions. The technical director of SpaceX, Kate Tice, expressed her joy over the company’s successful seventh launch mission.
This mission is the first in a trio attempt that the company had started. Initially, the company intended to make a double mission, which would involve this mission and deploy the Sentinel-6 satellites for NASA and other customers. However, the company called off the double opting to do more research into the latter mission to ensure the rocket was safe. The final attempt was supposed to depart last week Monday, but the lousy weather at sea where recovery operations take place delayed the mission.
Nevertheless, the mission proceeded after the delay amid the rain covering the Space Coast. The rocket soared up through the rain clouds before the first stage detaching and heading back to Earth. The other body successfully maneuvered through the clouds as observers keenly watched.
The first stage booster left in today’s mission, B1049, has now recorded seven missions to space and jetting backs. This rocket has successfully deployed five packages for the Starlink constellation, a group of Iridium NEXT satellites, and Telstar 18V launch. Today’s booster recovery marks its approach to the 70th mark since its first five years ago.
SpaceX has so far deployed 100 flights for its Falcon rockets. The company unveiled a video displaying their success after Falcon 9, specifically clocking the 100th flight. The company successfully deployed today’s Starlink mission a few hours after testing the Texas SN8 Starship rocket module. This new breed could be gracing its first flight next week.
SpaceX has enjoyed many firsts this year in addition to the milestones that it has marked. The company recorded 23 successful missions, including two in which it deployed astronauts to the International Space Station. The company attributed this success to its technologically advanced flight-tested boosters. Currently, the company has thirteen boosters, of which three are new, and the rest have been to different missions. The company is also upgrading its rockets in addition to developing more advanced and spacious ones.
The company unveiled the potential of reusing its rockets with Falcon 9 two years ago. This project has frequently been upscaling its feasibility while developing more aggressive engines. Finally, SpaceX has procured an opportunity to deploy payloads for the US military units and astronauts. All the success is a product of the management’s compulsive efforts to remain relevant in the space industry.