SpaceX’s Falcon 9 made a dash as it succeeds in its initial launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday. It was carrying a South Korean military satellite named Anasis-II with it. Though it was a standard routine, the Monday liftoff was worth noting for it was the fastest turnaround time for rocket reuse and both fairing halves were captured for the first time.
Monday’s launch was the company’s 12th launch this year, the 90th for the Falcon 9, and second for this particular type of booster. It was first used in May this year to launch National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) duo astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station.
This gives the company two records – its launch last May with NASA is the first time a private company has performed such a launch and secondly it has logged new rocket reusability. In just 51 days, it is the company’s fastest turnaround rate in between missions in the Falcon 9 rocket booster.
Another record was set with regard to the company’s goal of catching both fairing halves. These are the pieces that comprise the Falcon 9’s nosecone before they head into the ocean upon reentry on Earth. Monday’s launch deemed successful as the Anasis-II mission’s fairing halves were captured successfully, both at the same time by ships stationed in the Atlantic.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared the news via Twitter.
Both fairing halves caught from space by @SpaceX ships!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2020
Anasis-II is South Korea’s first military communications satellite. Due to its military purpose, information about it is limited. A report from the Everyday Astronaut shares that the technology is based on the Eurostar E3000 satellite bus.
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