The american army has never explained why Falcon 9 could not land after launching a GPS III SV01 of ~ 3900 kg (~ 8600 lb) on a medium earth orbit, but could, for example, landing after having launched a dozen tons and two NASA astronauts. Anyway, the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Command (SMC) has decided that SpaceX can now attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 during the second launch of the company’s GPS III. A little further on, on the eve of the mission, SMC has revealed that there might even be open to the idea of reusing the boosters SpaceX for future launches of military.The Falcon 9 B1060 has a 15-minute window to launch the spacecraft, GPS III SV03 Tuesday, June 30. During this time, the drone Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) – going out to sea to prepare for the landing attempt of the B1060 – recently spent a few kilometres from the drone Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) – returning to Port Canaveral after that SpaceX has decided to delay its ninth launch of Starlink v1.0 from 23 June. 25 and 26 at the first or second week of July.
JRTI has arrived to his post at ~ 630 km (~ 390 mi) to the east of the coast of Florida on June 29, approximately 36 hours before take-off.
The drone JRTI has recently been returned to service after significant improvements and a displacement of several thousands of kilometers from the port of Los Angeles, California, to Port Canaveral, Florida, supporting, finally, his first landing and recovery of the East coast there are a mere three weeks. In case of success, the B1060 will become the first booster class orbit to land after a launch in the u.s. military operational, to the exclusion of a number of space shuttle missions in the 1980s.
According to information from Sandra Erwin of Space News, it is unlikely that SpaceX reserves the booster Falcon 9 B1060 – assuming a successful landing – for reuse on a future launch in the u.s. military. Given that SMC appears to have requirements even more stringent than the program-Commercial Crew (CCP) and Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) of NASA, it is safe to assume that – as NASA – the u.s. army will not be authorized initially for the reuse of the booster compressor, if the latter has performed missions. for the agency. Since the next launch in the u.s. military known of Falcon 9 (GPS III SV04) is the NET “end of 2020,” and that it ” is not currently planned to use a booster previously used in future launches GPS “, it is unlikely that SpaceX is wasting perfectly good booster saving it for 6-18 months +.
Anyway, as usual, SpaceX will host a webcast uninterrupted launch. Log on about 15 minutes before the third launch of the SpaceX of the month and 11th of the year.
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