Monday, 19 November, 2018

SpaceX just successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket

Orlando Vargas | 06 May, 2017, 08:07

SpaceX hopes to try again Monday morning to launch a classified US intelligence mission from Kennedy Space Center, after a sensor problem scrubbed a first attempt Sunday.

United States private space firm SpaceX's prestigious and first spy satellite to be launched on Sunday was postponed to Monday following the detection of an "out of family" sensor.

Because of the secretive nature of these kinds of launches, no one is quite sure what the Falcon 9 launched to space for the NROL-76 mission.

Around a month ago, private-sector space firm SpaceX launched one of its "used" rockets for the first time, taking a big leap in the direction of company founder Elon Musk's quest to drastically slash launch costs.

Because Monday's mission was a national security launch, the finer details are being kept under wraps.

The Falcon 9 blasted off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center with a top-secret spy satellite in its payload compartment that was commissioned by the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has launched a top-secret spy satellite for the US government. The company had another successful rocket launch as part of its NROL-76 mission.

Winds aloft are unusually high (still within structural safety bounds). SpaceX strives to return most of its first- stage boosters for reuse.

"Tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6 percent of the theoretical load limit", he said in a tweet.

Elon Musk's commercial rocket company was supposed to launch the spy satellite on Sunday, but a sensor problem postponed the launch. Previously the lock on this business is held with Boeing and Lockheed Martin's United Launch Alliance.

The Falcon 9 rocket returned to the base to cheers from mission control, landing upright in the fourth successful solid ground landing for the company. But with up to 13 more military satellite launches open for competitive bidding in the next few years and ULA's lucrative sole-source contract due to end in 2019, SpaceX is angling to become a major launch service provider to the Department of Defense.

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