CRS-9 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket Successful Mission and Landing at Cape Canaveral, Fl
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch the Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit to deliver critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.
SpaceX has launched of its ninth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-9) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The instantaneous launch window was opened at 12:45
am EDT (4:45
am UTC) on July 18, and a backup launch window was opens at 12:00
am EDT on July 20. Dragon was deployed about 10 minutes after liftoff and would be attached to the ISS about two days later.
Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 performed an experimental landing on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The landing is occured shortly after stage separation, which happened around two and a half minutes following takeoff. That’s when the first stage — the portion of the rocket that contains most of the fuel and engines — separates from the top of the vehicle. That first stage reignites its engines in a series of three burns to return it back to Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX decides how to land its Falcon 9 rockets based on the types of missions the vehicles need to perform. Rockets that have to accelerate super fast — such as those that go to high orbits or launch heavy payloads — use up a lot of fuel during the initial takeoff. That doesn’t leave as much fuel leftover to perform the landing. Drone ship landings require less fuel to pull off than land landings, making ocean landings the best — if not only — choice for high-speed missions. However, this time the company was confident that the rocket would have enough fuel to land back on solid ground, according to Koenigsmann.
As the first stage lands, the second stage will carry the Dragon cargo capsule further into space and get the vehicle into orbit. Once there, Dragon will spend two days in space before docking with the International Space Station on Wednesday. Its arrival will bring the total number of cargo capsules at the station to two
BTW, yesterday July 16, 2016 press conference, Mashable reports, SpaceX vice president Hans Koenigsmann announced that the rocket company will re-use the rocket from its CRS-8 mission, which successfully landed on a drone ship on April 8th. The announcement follows previous statements from CEO Elon Musk that the company would conduct its first re-launch of a previously recovered craft in September or October.