SpaceX broke four records by launching Falcon 9 that night


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This night, the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg air force base in California brought SpaceX four new records — a sure sign that the company led by Elon Musk, and the commercial space industry as a whole is rapidly maturing. At 10:34 local time, the Falcon 9 rocket pierced the crystal clear skies and rushed into space. However, this launch was not quite usual

or four reasons.

Let's see what happened that night.

Falcon 9 sets records

First, it was the 19th SpaceX launch in a year. This launch surpassed the previous annual record of 18 launches last year.

Secondly, the Falcon 9 rocket managed to deliver 64 satellites into orbit at once — this is a record for the United States. The world record belongs to India, which was able to launch 104 satellites at the same time in 2017.


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Third, the b1046 reusable launch vehicle was the first of the first Falcon 9 stages to be used in three separate launches. The previous two took place on 11 may and 7 August this year.

Fourthly, the same launch vehicle went into space from three SpaceX launch sites: in the space center. Kennedy, Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg air force base in California.

Not bad, agree? However, in fairness, it’s worth noting that the private rocket company was a little helped: its only client on this mission, SpaceFlight Industries, bought the exclusive right to this Falcon 9. Today’s simultaneous launch of 64 compass-pointing satellites indicates a new trend in aerospace — the use of compact, inexpensive satellites, as well as the gradual abandonment of heavy missiles.

 


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Updated: December 4, 2018 — 11:20 pm

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