SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is scheduled to be launched this January 6 and will probably change researchers’ way of dispatching flights to the International Space Station (ISS) or to space in general. The private-sector space company Spacex will propel a remotely guided spacecraft to the ISS. The mission will contain food, technical equipment and some small satellites designed to observe our planet called cubesats.
If the private space enterprise succeeds in this venture, this would bring a huge shift for both SpaceX and NASA because it would lead to a substantial drop in lunching costs by probably tens of millions of dollars.
The private organization led by Elon Musk intends to fly the rocket encompassing the capsule with supplies into our planet’s orbit and then return it to Earth. The rocket is to land back on Earth on a drifting platform much like an oil rig.
This platform-landing tech innovation is probably the most important challenge the company will face since the Falcon 9’s stage 1 rocket has a height of no less than 14-storeys. The rocket is set to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere at a 1,300 m per second speed, upon its return.
However, SpaceX has been warned that the rocket’s return might fail. The company tried to prepare as much as possible for a successful landing through several trial launches. During the last tests the company managed to bring down the rocket into the ocean in a delicate manner.
The engineering is so essential for the organization that it has started a lawful battle over its licensed innovation with adversary space company Blue Origin, led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The SpaceX Falcon is set to be propelled at 6:20 a. m. this next Tuesday from Orlando’s Kennedy Space Center.
An October Antares rocket blast in Virginia destroyed over 5,000 pounds of nourishment, tests and tech supplies destined to reach ISS. However, astronomers on ISS did not go hungry or used all their supplies.
But the blast was a downer for students nationwide who had experiments set on the rocket. This made NASA secure some space on the SpaceX capsule for various experiments like microgravity’s impacts on shrimp and milk or testing how bacteria and crystals behave in space.
According to weather experts, weather conditions affecting the launch have a 40% chance of occurrence on Tuesday, while Wednesday might be a better day to take off, as the bad weather chances drop to 30%.
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