Date: 6 months ago   Category: Society

Musk promised "to dry up" and "again to start" the nasal Falcon 9 fairing which fell to the ocean


SpaceX plans to reuse the nasal part of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 which carried out successful start of small satellites on Monday and came back to Earth after start fell to the ocean the owner of the company Elon Musk reported after start.

"Falcon fairings did not get to a grid, but softly sat down on water. (Ship) of Mr. Steven selects them. We plan to dry up them and to start again", - Musk in the microblog wrote to Twitter. "There is nothing bad in to swim for a while a little", - the businessman joked.

Start of the carrier rocket from the Vandenberg spaceport in California took place at 21:34 Moscow time on Monday. SpaceX conducted a live broadcast of start. On its board there are 64 small satellites, the smallest of them are not exceeded by the sizes by the Rubik's Cube, the biggest - of the size of the refrigerator. Satellites belong to the companies and government structures from 17 countries, including to the U.S. Department of Defense, space departments, the museums, the universities and business firms. the company reported

In an hour after start about successful separation from the bearing rocket of four small satellites and two latest devices intended for space start of small satellites. They should put later to orbit of 60 kubsat and mini-satellites.

After start on Monday the first step of Falcon 9 successfully sat down on the floating platform in the Pacific Ocean located at the coast of California. For a rocket it was the third start and the third successful return.

In July, 2017 Musk reported that the company plans to keep in the future a nasal part of a rocket which cost is about six million dollars. "I speak to the team: present that six million dollars are on a silver platter on you! Really you will not try to catch them?" - the head of the company joked then.

For optimization of cost of space flights of SpaceX fulfills technology of reusable use of the first step of the carrier rocket Falcon 9. The first sending the first step to repeated flight took place in March, 2017, since then the company regularly carries out starts of RN with already flying first step. In June of last year SpaceX also sent the capsule of the Dragon freighter which was already flying to space to the ISS.

For realization of reusability the nasal fairing is equipped with the external engine and the navigation system for safe atmospheric entry of Earth and landing in the special "trap" established by the Mr ship. Steven.

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