Monday, 28 May, 2018

NASA, SpaceX targeting Wednesday launch of planet hunter after scrub

SpaceX’s Valuation Surges to $25 Billion With New Funding Round Official SpaceX
Velma Reese | 18 April, 2018, 04:58

The SpaceX founder dropped a thread onto Twitter Sunday night that started with the simultaneously exciting and portentous phrase "This is gonna sound insane, but..."

Usually, the launched rockets land on a ship or on a landing pad.

To date, SpaceX has successfully landed Falcon 9 first stages 23 times and re-flown 11 of them.

SpaceX, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, already uses the Port of Los Angeles for missions that recover Falcon 9 first-stage boosters on a floating platform in the Pacific and when it recovers supply capsules that parachute into the ocean after missions to the worldwide space station.

The company advertises (to potential customers) that it costs $62 million to launch a Falcon 9 rocket into space.

NASA is scheduled to launch its next planet-hunting satellite at 6:32 p.m. Monday, April 16, and the space agency will broadcast the launch window on its website and television station.

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In the Down Detector website, which tracks services when they go offline, many users from Mumbai to NY were reporting outage. Millions of users around the world were left without the services of Twitter for a few minutes on Tuesday evening.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk suggests a helium-filled balloon is great for creating a giant object that retains its shape at high Mach speeds and drops the vehicle's ballistic coefficient by two orders of magnitude.

"We're going to try a few approaches, ' Musk said in a tweet". "Need to retarget closer to shore & position catcher ship like Mr. Steven".

The space company has previously re-used first-stage and second-stage rocket boosters, in addition to one of its previously flown Dragon capsules.

Musk also said that SpaceX already brings its Falcon 9 upper stages back to Earth.

SpaceX is now testing a system to recover the fairings of its Falcon 9 rockets. And in 2012, the private spaceflight company Armadillo Aerospace launched an inflatable balloon parachute, or "ballute", as a part of a re-entry technology test. Musk has called it a "catcher's mitt" in boat form.

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