Elon Musk is a man on a mission! SpaceX has officially delivered 64 satellites into orbit making it a record-breaking mission. If you haven’t already heard, Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, launched a rocket on Dec. 3, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a series of delays triggered by bad weather.
According to Spaceflight, it marked one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched, and is the most crowded single mission in United States history! The mission, which was called SSO-A, marked its 19thlaunch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches last year. It appears Elon Musk is trying to outdo himself, and behold he succeeded.
The goal for Musk’s company, SpaceX, is to drastically reduce the cost of a launch by reusing the hardware, which is not always the easiest, but if there is one thing Elon Musk can do is turn the impossible, possible. One part in particular that Musk is set on reusing is the fairing, which is located at the tip of the rocket. However, in this case, the fairing did not make it in the way Musk would have liked.
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In a tweet on Monday, Musk said: “missed the net, but touched down softly in the water,” when referring to the rocket's fairing, which cost nearly $6 million. The plan, in this case, it to “dry them out and launch again”, Musk said. “Nothing wrong with a little swim,” he finished. Regardless of what can be reused or not, the launch is an incredible feat for Musk and SpaceX, one of which will go down in history for its success. As for what happens next, well, SpaceX’s customer for the SSO-A mission, Spaceflight, aims to be an Uber in space.
The satellites that were launched will not provide service to satellites companies that will aid in Internet services and supply chain monitoring. We can only image what Elon Musk and SpaceX have in store next, and what record they are planning to break in the near future! With that being said, it looks like the world of science and tech is in good hands, for now!