The SpaceX has finally launched the US Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite (the GPS III) after…
SpaceX is known for landing their rocket boosters back on earth and reusing them. There are some failed landings in the ocean, but that didn’t stop the company from progressing and develop the Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the spacecraft in the high-orbit. Now, the company is planning to launch the Falcon Heavy with the three boosters and land the central booster back on earth. This mission is quite risky as the Center booster is most massive and very hard to land as they did with other lighter versions of their rockets.
After reopening of the Federal Government, SpaceX filed for the license with FCC and FAA for their upcoming launches, which could be the Falcon Heavy launch. According to the license filings, the Falcon Heavy rocket core stage will land on the Mother ship almost 1000 KM away, indicating the posting of satellites or the spacecraft in a High Orbit. The flight will be the longest as this is the first time the boosters will land that far away from the launch site.
Also, the FCC and FAA filings revealed the launch date of the falcon heavy, which is no earlier than 7th March 2019. There is no launch scheduled before 7th March, but it might be delayed further due to logistical and technical issues. Currently, the company is transporting the side boosters, core stage, first stage, and the Payload Fairing from the Californian Factory to the Test range in Texas. The same filings revealed the details about the flight trajectory and the assumed speed. The main stage of the rocket will take it to the velocity of 3.5 km/s before the Main Engine cut off, which is way better and faster than the other rockets. After the MECO, the second stage burn will start, and the main boosters will begin their journey back on earth.
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January 25, 2019, 3:50 pmby Justin King
The rocket is expected to be ready for its first demonstration flight — sans astronauts — by nextmonth.
SpaceX is celebrating the first static test fire of its new Crew Dragon, checking off another box of necessary trials before the rocket is ready to take astronauts to the International Space Station.
Highlighting the milestone on Twitter, CEO Elon Musk says the company is targeting its first demonstration flight from the historic Launch Complex 39A in February. The demo launch will not have a crew on board, instead providing further systems validation in preparation for its official mission.
The February launch will send the spacecraft to the ISS where it will dock for a few days, then make a parachute landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX’s contract for a crewed launch vehicle is worth more than $2.5 billion, elevating the relative newcomer’s rivalry with established players such as Boeing.
Static fire test complete–targeting February launch from historic Launch Complex 39A for Crew Dragon’s first demonstration flight! pic.twitter.com/sJF24U3UOM
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 25, 2019
Elon Musk has published a photo of an experimental rocket meant to help him achieve his mission of conquering Mars.
After teasing the spaceship earlier this month, Musk posted a picture of the vehicle – dubbed the “test hopper” – in real life on Friday from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
As Business Insider’s Dave Mosher noted earlier this month, the rocket carries the test-hopper moniker because it is not designed to orbit the Earth. Instead, the windowless ship will rocket on “hops” that propel it no more than about 16,400 feet in the air.
In simple terms, it’s an experimental vehicle whose successes (or failures) will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale, orbit-ready prototype of Starship, which could one day ferry up to 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to Mars.
In a tweet explaining the rocket, Musk made clear it was for “suborbital” tests. The orbital version will be “taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” Musk added. The operational ship will also have windows. In a tweet earlier this month, Musk said the rocket would run its first test in four to eight weeks, nearly a year ahead of schedule.
Musk has said the final Starship rocket will look like “liquid silver” during the blazing-hot reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. But because of the test hopper’s imperfections, like the ridges between the steel panels, it already has a liquid silver shine.
SpaceX fans have also been posting images of the ship:
— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
A full-scale Starship is scheduled to launch people for the first time in 2023. Musk has said he hopes to launch the first crews to Mars in the mid-2020s, perhaps as early as 2024, to arrive at the red planet in 2025.
He has described Starship as a “Tintin” rocket, referring to the 20th-century Belgian comics series. “I love the ‘Tintin’ rocket design, so I kind of wanted to bias it towards that,” he said during a press conference in September.
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Elon Musk showed how SpaceX Starship test rocket looks like. Well, it looks like something that has come out of a retro sci-fi movie.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered the glimpse of the company’s Starship test flight rocket on January 11. The rocket is dubbed the “Hopper”. Elon Musk took to Twitter and wrote about Starship test rocket as well.
“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” Musk tweeted, while posting an image of the vehicle on Thursday (January 11).
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Twitter user Evelyn Arevalo shared a video on Twitter and wrote, “SpaceX first Starship Hopper under Texas Boca Chica Beach’s cloudy sky.”
Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
Now you must be wondering where did this Starship rocket come from. The Starship vehicle was formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).
Straship rocket is a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth, according to an IANS report.
This two-stage vehicle — composed of a Booster and a Ship — is designed to eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.
It is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.
IANS reported that the Starship Hopper that Musk showcased will do suborbital vertical flight tests similar to the Falcon 9 Hopper back in 2013.
“Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” he added.
According to reports on the internet, Musk said that the company should have its first orbital prototype by June this year.