United States company SpaceX, is set to launch the upgraded Flacon 9 rocket for SES, a Luxembourg-based operator. It had originally been scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral on Monday. However, the launch to put a 3.1 tonne satellite in orbit was postponed.
Attempts to launch were blighted by a glitch in the control system. SpaceX attempted to launch three consecutive times with no luck. It was finally put on hold due to “unexpected readings with the first-stage liquid oxygen system.”
The new attempt is set from the United States on Thursday. It will launch at 17:38pm, local Florida time, and is a crucial step of development for SpaceX. It plans to send the rocket thousands of km above the Earth to the world’s telecom and TV stations. The Falcon rocket has only ever been sent to low-Earth orbits, mainly for the United States space agency NASA. It will also be the first time the upgraded rocket has been launched.
This launch seeks to carry the SES-8 satellite into orbit. It will allow SpaceX to penetrate the commercial satellite market, which is currently “dominated by European and Russian rockets.” Martin Halliwell, the chief technology officer for SES, told reporters that if this mission is successful, the entire industry is going to witness transformations.
Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket. It has been designed in order to ensure the transport of satellites, and the Dragon spacecraft, is dependable and safe. It was the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century, and was designed in order to provide maximum reliability. It’s simple two-stage configuration reduces the likelihood of separation, and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete it’s mission even in the event of an engine shutdown. United States company SpaceX is set to launch the upgraded rocket on Thursday, carrying a telecommunications satellite.
Falcon 9 made history in 2012, as it delivered the Dragon spacecraft into the correct orbit at the anticipated time. It was sent to encounter the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit that station. SpaceX have made three returns to the station since their first launch, where they have transported cargo for NASA.
Falcon 9, and the Dragon, were initially designed in order to enable the transport of humans into space. SpaceX have made an agreement with NASA, and are actively working to reach this target.
SpaceX (short for Space Exploration Technologies), was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur, Elon Musk. He is an American business magnate, investor, and inventor, and has already made a $1.6 billion deal with NASA to launch at least 12 commercial cargo missions. They will all use the Falcon 9 rocket.
United States company SpaceX, have said that they are now ready to re-attempt the launch of their upgraded Flacon 9 rocket. It will be webcast on their website this Thursday, where the rocket will be launched nearly 50,000 miles from Earth, and is going to be the most challenging mission they have ever attempted. After the rocket’s first launch, SpaceX have stated they seek to launch one rocket a month, carrying satellites for government and commercial customers, for the next five years.
By Melissa McDonald