Space Coast, FL – Today, SpaceX launched it’s Falcon 9 rocket booster, B1058.2. The same rocket booster used to launch Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the international space station.
The mission, ANASIS-II (Army/Navy/Air Force Satellite Information System 2) with the payload KMILSAT-1. This is the first South Korean military satellite in which was developed for Lockheed Martin. It will help defend our nations security.
This also marks the quickest turn around time of a space launch vehicle at 51 days. Beating Shuttle Atlanis’ 54 day turn-around time.
The launch and deployment of the payload is always primary. Secondary objectives include the safe landing of the rocket booster and catching the fairing halves. SpaceX hit all 3 marks of their FULLY reusable space vehicle. One: The launch. Two: The landing of the rocket booster. 3: The catching of the fairing halves.
Practice makes perfect and SpaceX showed that today for rocket re-usability. We can bet that there will be some new standards coming in the rocket manufacturing industry.
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