It looks easy. After 87 launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 returned to flight today, successfully fulfilling another mission, taking on board a military communications satellite developed by Lockheed Martin for South Korea. The departure signal was given at Cape Canaveral, at 10:30 pm Mainland Portugal, 5:30 am EDT.
Six minutes later, the rocket landed on the Just Read the Instructions platform, after launching the module carrying the satellite. the 57 successful landing for SpaceX after some spectacular failures.
New records are broken for every mission of Elon Musk's company. This time the B1058 booster has the fastest recovery ever after its use in the launch of the Demo-2 mission for NASA, with the Crew Dragon making history becoming the first commercial mission that transported astronauts to the International Space Station. It only took 51 days, 2 hours and 8 minutes to use it again, but SpaceX wants to continue to reduce this time.
This, moreover, is one of SpaceX's strategies and one of the keys to the success of the aerospace company that has a well-filled mission agenda.
The two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who traveled on the Crew Dragon already have a return date set for Earth in early August. Recall here some of the moments of this historical mission that SAPO TEK followed hand in hand.
Falcon 9: A decade of history
Falcon 9 started its career in 2010 and, in May 2012, SpaceX successfully launched it with the aim of refueling the International Space Station. Later, the company led by Elon Musk began its saga of attempts to recover rockets for future reuse, with the intention of initiating a whole new space era more into account.
After a first attempt in which the rocket almost landed on a platform in the middle of the sea, but ended up crashing, SpaceX was unable to do a better second time, with the rocket sinking into the ocean, and contrary to the popular saying, nor was it a third time. But with each attempt that passed the company's goal of having reusable rockets, it became closer.