SpaceX continues to be very active – after releasing another set of Starlink satellites lately, the space agency is now showing the world how it managed the recent launch and landing of its Falcon 9 rocket.
More precisely, it’s about the B1059 Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft sent a new upper stage, payload fairing, and also an Earth observation satellite towards the orbit.
Landing at Landing Zone-1
After landing at Landing Zone-1, the rocket effectively completed a ~200 km (~120 mi) aerial journey in about eight minutes. It was an average velocity even faster than the speed of sound.
SpaceX says in the description:
“Sped up footage from an onboard camera during Falcon 9’s launch of the SAOCOM 1B mission – SpaceX’s first launch to a polar orbit from the East Coast. After launching from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Falcon 9’s first stage returned to land at Landing Zone 1.”
Are you willing to see the curvature of the Earth as a spacecraft approaches the landing site from space? Check out this video that could piss-off many flat-Earthers:
SpaceX continues to have great plans for the future, as the Starlink constellation is becoming more real day by day. While plenty of scientists are worried that such a project will cumber space exploration from Earth, Elon Musk is much more optimistic and denies the idea.
Starlink satellites are useful for granting internet access for remote regions across the planet. Oddly enough, only 4.57 billion people from the world are using an internet connection nowadays. The most offline countries are India (685 million people) and China (582 million people). If everything goes according to the plan, SpaceX will launch about 12,000 satellites into orbit in the upcoming years, with a possible extension to 42,000.