Analox would like to send a huge congratulations to SpaceX after they successfully landed a stage 1 rocket post-orbital flight
The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket was launched on Monday night from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
During its flight, it successfully delivered 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM, a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine communications and Internet of Things solutions.
The deployment of the satellites completed a 17-satellite, low Earth orbit constellation for ORBCOMM, and marks the first launch from SpaceX since its rocket exploded on 28 June.
On that occasion, an unmanned Falcon 9 carrying cargo for the International Space Station exploded a few minutes after lift-off.
The ORBCOMM satellites that were successfully deployed are constantly in motion around the Earth, providing inherent network redundancy and minimising line-of-sight issues for continuous global coverage. Each satellite’s frequency furthers signal propagation and message delivery is unaffected by bad weather.
After the deployment of the payload, the rocket successfully landed on Earth again at a prepared landing zone in an upright position. This is the first time SpaceX has ever attempted to land a rocket on land, and the first successful attempt to recover a rocket from an orbital flight.
SpaceX has tried this landing twice before with a Falcon 9 on a floating platform out at sea, however the rockets fell over and exploded both times.
Since those attempts, SpaceX made some modifications before the recent launch.
The landing was changed from a floating ship at sea to solid ground, and the Falcon 9 was also updated with a modified structure and an updated engine to provide more thrust.
The ability to return rockets to Earth so that they can be reused and reflown is important for lowering the operational costs of space travel.
All rockets that travel into orbit are either destroyed or lost after taking off, and this drives up the cost of spaceflight, as an entirely new rocket must be built for each launch.
By reusing the rockets, SpaceX could save money on the cost of manufacturing new vehicles for follow-up missions, and make spaceflight a lot more affordable.
More information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35157782
Author: Araminta Hartley, Content Writer
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