Watch SpaceX launch its third Falcon 9 rocket in less than two weeks
This summer is being developed to be full of SpaceX launches, with another company’s Falcon 9 rocket expected to take off Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This time, the vehicle is charged with launching a communications satellite in orbit for high Intelsat. And just one week after SpaceX’s “Dos Caras” weekend, when it launched two rockets in just 49 hours.
Unlike most SpaceX launches recently, this rocket will not treat the ground after takeoff.
The change was probably related to the satellite that launches the company. The probe, called the Intelsat 35, weighs over 13,000 pounds, making it one of the heaviest satellites SpaceX ever made. It also leads to an especially high orbit on Earth called the geostationary orbit – a route 22,000 miles up.
These two factors combined make the Falcon 9 burn a lot of fuel to get the satellite where to go, so there will be much propellant residue to make a controlled landing.
However, if the mission starts this weekend, it will mark the third launch the company has achieved in less than two weeks. That’s a pretty impressive start frequency of SpaceX, or actually any commercial space flight company.
In general, the number of launches that a company is going to produce each year somewhere in a single digit, or maybe a dozen at best. But this release will be the 10th SpaceX mission of the year, and it was not until July.
Last year, the company made eight pitches. SpaceX has already surpassed that number and there is still half a year to go.
Although SpaceX is not trying to land this time, the company has experienced continued success with its rocket recoveries this year.
Of the nine missions that have been launched so far in 2017, SpaceX tried to grab seven of these rockets.
And all have successfully landed, whether in the company’s land landing area in Florida, is one of two unmanned droneships that float in the ocean company.
As of now, SpaceX rocket fires 13 successful landings.
And some of these landings were made with used rockets. SpaceX has launched and landed two Falcon 9, which went into space and back – just over two years after the company began testing these landings. For this release, however, it uses a new SpaceX Falcon 9.
But the company expects to use up to six scrap rockets again before the end of the year, all in the long run to reduce the cost of accessing space. So the type of rocket used for this mission – a new vehicle and consumables – becomes something unique to SpaceX.
Off-mission Intelsat 35 is scheduled for 07:37 ET on Monday’s 39A launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. There is also a launch window of 58 minutes, so the Falcon 9 can take up to 8 h 35 HE.
Originally the launch was scheduled for Sunday at the same time, but the mission was aborted only nine seconds before takeoff, after the team has detected something “out of bounds.”
Once launched the satellite, it will join three other similar probes in Intelsat orbit to provide coverage in America, Europe and Africa. However, time seems to be somewhat questionable for tonight’s release.
Only 40 percent chance that conditions are favorable for launch, with a concern of cumulus clouds form anvil and near Cape Canaveral. If the mission is delayed, Space X has the opportunity to try again on Monday.