SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9 rocket Monday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, local time,media reported. This time it will send the JSCAT-18 and Kacific1 communications satellites into space. For the first time in the mission, it will begin the task of recycling two rectifiers simultaneously, when it will deploy three unmanned ships in the Atlantic to accomplish that goal.
The mission is expected to be SpaceX’s last launch mission in Florida this year. For the flight, the company will try to recycle as many rocket parts as possible. This marks the first time SpaceX has recovered so many spacecraft parts after launch and captured them all before they fall into the sea. Although SpaceX will let the rocket land after each flight, the company has just made a difference in recycling the rocket’s head cone. The nose cone is also known as the payload rectifier. But previously SpaceX had only the ability to capture part of the rectifier after each flight, and that would change.
A rectifier is a spherical structure mounted on top of a rocket that protects the satellite payload as it lifts off. Once the spacecraft passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, the shroud splits in half and falls back to Earth. Typically, these parts of a rocket are wasted, something SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wouldn’t like to see. “Imagine you have $6 million in cash in a tray that flies in the air and then falls into the sea,” Musk said at a news conference. Will you try recycling this? Yes. You will, you will. “
SpaceX Falcon 9 is expected to start at 7:10 p.m. ET and end at 8:38 p.m. If for any reason it is not possible to launch, it is postponed to the same time the following day. So far, the weather looks good, with a 90 percent chance of good weather at the time of launch, according to the launch mission’s weather monitoring team. SpaceX live will begin 15 minutes before takeoff.
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