November 6 ( Xinhua) — U.S. space exploration technology company SpaceX has announced that its three-time Falcon 9 rocket booster has completed static ignition tests and will launch its first mission in more than three months to put the Starlink satellite into orbit, foreign media reported.
Pictured: SpaceX successfully recovers half of the Rectifier of the Falcon Heavy rocket after the LAUNCH of THE ARABSAT 6A in April 2019
SpaceX also said the mission will use the first recycled second-hand payload rectifier, which was launched in April 2019 with the Falcon Heavy Rocket Block 5. The Falcon Heavy Rocket Block 5 completed its mission to launch the Arabsat 6A, and the two-and-a-half-part rectifier failed to be captured by the recycling ship. Instead, they landed in the Atlantic Ocean and were then salvaged by different recycling boats.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed that shortly after successfully removing two half-sided rectifiers from the water, the company has a plan to reuse the rectifiers, which will be used again when Starlink launches in 2019. However, things didn’t go exactly as planned: Starlink’s launch was delayed by about two months for unknown reasons.
After a successful launch rehearsal and static ignition test on November 5, SpaceX said 60 Starlink satellites will be launched on November 11. This is the second time SpaceX has launched starlink in 2019, and the company put 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in May. Despite the anomalies encountered by several satellites, 50 successfully reached the final orbit 550 km above Earth and remained there.
Since its launch, SpaceX has successfully demonstrated a range of features of Starlink’s satellite network, including streaming high-quality video and playing video games. Musk recently claimed that he had tweeted through an Internet service provided by Starlink, which could mark the first public test of SpaceX’s self-built user terminal, the ground antenna that customers will use to connect starlink’s network.
While SpaceX’s first Falcon Rocket Rectifier Recap project does not involve half of the rectifiers captured by recycling ships, this is all the more encouraging for the entire Starlink program. If starlink satellites are strong enough to withstand minor pollution from wave jetting and to withstand a launch environment without soundproofing panels, SpaceX could theoretically recover and reuse the rectifier indefinitely, even if the nets don’t work every time. (Small)