Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket recently launched its 11th Falcon 9 mission in the current year. The recent launch marks the 13th successful launch of SpaceX in 2019, including a couple of Falcon Heavy missions. Though it delivered its payload successfully, experts termed the recent launch a partially successful one.
The rocket carried a communication satellite, built by Boeing. The satellite will offer various communications-related services for SKY Perfect JSAT and Kacific. The Falcon 9 rocket successfully placed the satellite into the orbit, as per the plan. The successful launch is only one of the aspects of the mission; the other half was instrumental for reusing capabilities of the rockets for the private entity.
Reusable Rockets and SpaceX
SpaceX played a massive role in the transformation of reusable rockets from the single used one. Since 2015, Elon Musk’s company successfully recovered the first stage of as many as 47 rockets. But recently, the private company introduced a new system called a fairing catching system to revolutionize the reusing capability of the rocket.
For the first time in 2017, SpaceX recovered the fairing half of the rocket by controlling the descent of the rocket. The company decided to drop the half in the ocean, to carry out the mission successfully. The company later successfully recovered the half from the ocean by using a recovery ship.
In the recent launch, the space agency could not manage to catch the remaining. SpaceX confirmed the development through the microblogging site Twitter. SpaceX revealed that both the halves missed the boats narrowly. The tweet further revealed that the company is searching the two halves and expecting to pull them out of the ocean very soon. Once they recovered the part, the scientists will try to reuse it in the future mission.
Recently, Elon Musk revealed that the space agency could save around six million USD in one mission, using the new technology.