SpaceX is preparing to launch its next Falcon 9 by July 2 with a highly powered Intelsat satellite at the NASA’s Space Center in Florida. The event will depend on the capability of the SpaceX’s team to successfully prepare the spacecraft for launching after its victorious take off on June 23 with a Bulgarian’s communication satellite.
After spending over two years of landing its disposable rockets for their missions, SpaceX has for the first time used its recycled rockets back into space. The skyrocket took off recently from Florida with the intention to send the communication satellite into the orbit and then landing them on one of the SpaceX’s ships that float in the Atlantic Ocean.
The recent Falcon 9’s re-launch is the first of its kind in the history of orbital rockets to be launched in the space for a second chance. Elon Musk, the CEO, and founder of SpaceX was excited about the achievement stating that the innovation is a huge revolution in the space mission as it would allow possible flying and re-flying the orbital class booster at a low cost. The mission is a great milestone for the entire SpaceX which started operations in the past few years.
The anticipated launch of the next rocket over the weekend will be the third initiative for the company in a span of nine days. The communication satellite is designed to improve the broadband data delivery system including the upgrading of the TV broadcasts, services to both government and other individual consumers.
The satellite features a complete digital communication consignment that will be reconfigured by the ground controllers to augment the services to the market demands. The new Intelsat 35e is intended to substitute the existing Intelsat 903 communication satellite to allow the telecom station to offer better communication signals back to the Earth.
According to Gwynne Shotwell, the SpaceX president, the future customers who will use the recycled Falcon 9 will get discounted charges amounting to 30%. For SpaceX to maximize the economic benefits of the recycled rockets they will need to frequently launch their rockets but there are always delays due to the time needed to inspect and refurbish the spacecraft before the next launch.