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21 February, 2018, 11:15
The aerospace company SpaceX is ready for its next mission.
But a letter sent to the FCC by Patricia Cooper, SpaceX's vice president of satellite government affairs, says the two experimental communications satellites, each weighing around 880 pounds (400 kilograms), will be deployed by the same Falcon 9 rocket due to launch Paz. According to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the new launch time on Wednesday morning could mean a "pre-dawn contrail that could be visible from San Diego County".
For those who are unaware, a rocket fairing is the shell you see at the top of the rocket which protects the cargo that's being launched. Musk attached his red Roadster to the rocket with a mannequin spaceman he named "Starman" after the famous David Bowie song while "Life on Mars" blasted in the background. And you might recall the last time SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg in December. A single fairing costs $6 million so reusing it multiple times will significantly reduce the cost of each launch for the company and subsequently for its clients. The estimated cost the fairing is around $6 million. At one point Musk mused about using a "bouncy castle" to catch fairings - Mr. Stevens appears a little more realistic.
'It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form.I think it might be able to do the same thing with Dragon, ' he added.
Pauline Acalin from Teslarati recently managed to capture images of SpaceX's fairing-catching vessel. The meeting, entitled "Moon, Mars and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier" will include "testimonials from leaders in the civil, commercial, and national security sectors about the importance of the United States'space enterprise", according to a NASA statement.
The firm will make its second attempt at recovering a payload fairing on Wednesday when it launches a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a PAZ satellite, from California. On the other side, SpaceX will not recover the rocket's first stage as this part will no longer able to reuse for any future mission so, the company will allow it to fall into the Pacific Ocean. We've all been impressed seeing SpaceX land almost everything they've tried to land successfully, and it seems the company is looking to re-use yet another part of their rockets.
In an application past year seeking FCC approval of the broadband fleet, SpaceX outlined a network that could include 4,425 satellites broadcasting Internet signals in Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies, a network originally proposed to the commission in 2016. Those are two satellites that SpaceX has previously said would be used in its first phase of broadband testing as part of an ambitious plan to eventually deliver global satellite Internet.