Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Starlink breaks a record-flight of launching 60 satellites

Starlink breaks a record-flight of launching 60 satellites

On Saturday, a Falcon 9 rocket aced a hot fire test at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The main goal of Crew Dragon spaceships is ferrying astronauts from NASA to the International Space Station, but before that can happen, SpaceX must somehow prove that, in case of an extreme rocket failure that might result in an explosion, the capsule can keep astronauts safe. The test will separate the capsule carrying the astronauts from the rocket in case of an emergency.

An already employed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will ship 60 Starlink satellites on the Starlink-2 operation after a smooth liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station situated in Florida. The corporation launched the first Starliner spacecraft december 20 on an uncrewed take a look at flight to the house station; however, Starliner suffered a mission clock error that prevented it from reaching the orbiting lab.

SpaceX has yet another resupply mission utilizing its first-technology Dragon spacecraft design earlier than transitioning to the corporate's upgraded Dragon 2 vehicle, which can have two variants tailor-made for crew and cargo flights to the area station. However, an anomaly during a static fire test of the spacecraft resulted in its complete destruction.

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The Falcon 9 rocket used for this mission, the first stage has flown three missions. The Merlin 1D engines fired up and generated 1.7 million pounds of thrust during the test, which was a success according to SpaceX. Later, tiny thrusters will guide Crew Dragon as it retreats into the atmosphere. In October 2018, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which transported NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, managed to bring the astronauts to Earth unharmed thanks to a similar system despite the failure of its rocket.

The reusable Dragon provide ship concluded a 30-day keep on the area station at 5:05 a.m. EST (1005 GMT) Tuesday, when the station's Canadian-constructed robotic arm launched the Dragon spacecraft.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is equipped with eight abort engines, called SuperDracos, to blast the space capsule free of its Falcon 9 during an emergency.

After upgrades to prevent a similar failure from happening again, SpaceX performed a series of ground-based abort system tests that cleared the way for Saturday's test. Crew Dragon will take NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on a Demo-2 flight.

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