Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

SpaceX to recover the Falcon 9 rocket it planned to lose

SpaceX to recover the Falcon 9 rocket it planned to lose

The GovSat 1 communications satellite for SES and the government of Luxembourg lifted off from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) Wednesday. He further said that their team wants to pioneer a new approach to what's known as secure communications services and it wants to provide this to governments and institutions for defense and civilian use. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.

It comes a week before the California-based company is slated to conduct its highly anticipated first test flight of the much larger and more powerful Falcon Heavy rocket, which packs three times the thrust of the Falcon 9.

The three-booster rocket is scheduled to launch February 6 from the Space Coast, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Saturday. SpaceX successfully recovered the first stage of the rocket at that time, and no it has reused the same for the GovSat 1 mission.

SpaceX's SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is located at the north end of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and is a launch site with a strong heritage that was used for many years to launch Titan rockets, among the most powerful in the US fleet.

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The satellite is the first developed through a public-private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and the satellite company SES, said a SpaceX release. After the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX plans another Falcon 9 launch of a communications satellite, and United Launch Alliance is preparing an Atlas V rocket for a March 1 flight with a new NOAA weather satellite. "We will try to tow it back to shore", Musk said via Twitter, where he posted a photo of the booster floating atop the waves.

Citing new security threats, a senior North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official told Reuters in March that the alliance planned to spend more than $3 billion on defense technology, a third of which would go toward satellite communications. It chose to land the Falcon 9 firsts stage over the open ocean off the Florida coast with high thrust.

Reusable rockets would cut costs and waste in the space industry, which now loses millions of dollars in jettisoned machinery after each launch. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9. The booster on Wednesday's mission first flew May 1, 2017, to propel a classified National Reconnaissance Office payload toward orbit. However, Space X has successfully managed to land the rocket in the Atlantic.

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