Specialists of the American company SpaceX on Monday after the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with a South Korean satellite managed to successfully descend the two halves of the carrier's head fairing into the grids installed on special vessels, as well as return the first stage to Earth. This was announced on Twitter by the head of the firm Elon Musk.
вЂњBoth halves of the fairing are caught from space by SpaceX ships,вЂќ he wrote. вЂњGreat job, SpaceX team,вЂќ the entrepreneur added. He stressed the importance of re-applying media elements.
As noted by the American industry portals TechCrunch and CNET, this is the first time that SpaceX specialists managed to вЂќcatchвЂњ both halves of the network at once. They are installed on MS. Tree and Ms. Chief vessels in the Atlantic ocean. As stated by the portals, the company has previously repeatedly carried out the descent of one of the two halves of the fairing on parachutes into the grid. In addition, it was possible to get this element out of the water and apply it again.
According to SpaceX, the first stage of the Falcon 9 was used to launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft with astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken on Board to the International space station. Specialists of the company on Monday again returned to Earth this element of the carrier for repeated use. The first stage was lowered to a special remote-controlled platform in the Atlantic ocean near the coast of Florida.
The launch on Monday was carried out from the Cape Canaveral spaceport (Florida) to put a communications satellite into orbit for the needs of the South Korean military. The company reported that this operation was carried out successfully. The satellite is placed in the specified orbit. Previously, it was expected that the launch will take place on July 14. The company's specialists postponed this operation a day before the launch. They said that additional checks of the second stage of the Falcon 9 should be carried out.
The company does not provide any information regarding Anasis-II. According to The spaceflight portal, the device is designed to provide secure and interference-resistant communications for the South Korean military. The portal notes that this is the first South Korean satellite of this type. The device was created with the participation of Lockheed Martin and Airbus Group.