With the 10th Falcon 9 mission, the Starlink network now has a total of 180 satellites in orbit. 60 of them were sent into space today on the mission that took place at 3:42 a.m. Brasilia Time. The missile took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Another highlight of the mission was the return of a missile unit, which included landing on the Just Read the Instructions, which was located in the Atlantic Ocean and was carried out minutes after the missile took off. The main unit continued with the satellites in the direction of Earth’s orbit, where the satellites were launched.
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The first stage of Falcon 9 has landed on a drone, Just Read the Instructions, to complete the 10th launch and landing of this Boost! pic.twitter.com/8KeEAfHgWF
– SpaceX (SpaceX) May 9, 2021
Although this is the tenth part of the Falcon 9 propellant, Elon Musk already says that one type can be used up to 100 times, as long as it is repaired and undergoes safety maintenance between each use and a full replacement every 10 uses, as is Case this time.
This is a record especially for the Falcon 9, as rocket propellants have not been used many times. This makes us believe more in SpaceX’s strategy of equipment reuse to reduce costs and increase efficiency when building space equipment, and this is the company’s 27th launch so far.
SpaceX’s next launch is scheduled for May 15, and another launch is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month. The goal is that Starlink is able to cover the entire planet and become mobile by the end of 2021.
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