SpaceX ready for the recovery of the rocket after launching a satellite in the u.s. military

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 is expected to become the first rocket trade to try to land after an operational launch for the us army, thus paving the way for an even bigger step somewhere on the road.Featuring an all new booster B1060 and a new upper stage and a fairing for payload, the Falcon 9 is expected to launch the third satellite GPS III improved in the us army (PS III SV01) no earlier than (NET) 15: 55 EDT (19: 55 UTC). on the 30th of June. Although this is the second time that a rocket Falcon 9 Block 5 lifts off from launch complex 40 (LC-40) of the air force station of Cape Canaveral (CCAFS) with a GPS satellite III in tow, the mission will mark a first, critical to SpaceX and the u.s. army. For the first mission GPS III, the US Air Force has somewhat inexplicably demanded that SpaceX will spend the new booster Falcon 9 assigned to the launch to December 2018.

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 stands vertically to LC-40 before its first launch – the third mission of the GPS satellite III of the u.s. army. (SpaceX)
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.

The Falcon 9 B-1049 returned to port for the fifth time in the context of the beginnings of the recovery of rockets on the East coast the ship’s drone JRTI. (Richard Angle)

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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