After the failed SpaceX launch last September 2016, the rocket firm decided to hold another one on Feb. 19, 2017. The launched rocket carried a cargo ship including 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. SpaceX launched the rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where several citizens witnessed its success.
According to BBC, witnesses claim that they only saw the rocket for a brief moment before it made its way into the clouds. The rocket, Falcon 9, will arrive at the International Space Station on Wednesday before a robotic arm will grab it. Director Jessica Jensen told New York Times that they did not expect any issues in the said SpaceX launch.
In their first attempt, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 vehicle from the Vanderberg Air Force Base on the California Coast. SpaceX launched the said vehicle on Jan. 14, 2017 after the September launch pad mishap occurred. SpaceX Founder Elon Musk plans on putting the company at the forefront of involving several companies to deploy satellites.
In their latest successful launch, SpaceX managed to recover the booster stage and reach the second stage of the launch. During the second stage, the booster turned around back towards the land to push the cargo capsule to orbit. It took eight minutes before it has set down on a landing site located several miles away.
SpaceX has listed the Feb. 19, 2017, launch as its eight successful landing and third on land. Other landings by Space X occurred on floating platforms on the ocean where it shows a higher chance of success. The success became one step of recovery for SpaceX after the previous failure at the Cap Canaveral Air Force Station.
SpaceX Launch: Previous & Current Delays
Musk previously called off the Falcon 9 launch on Saturday with 13 seconds left since they discovered slightly odd readings. Musk admitted on his official Twitter accounts that he called the cancellation despite the system’s green signal which means go. He said that they should not roll the dice and proceed with one percent chance and should wait another day.
After the slightly odd readings, SpaceX technicians swapped the mechanism in the Falcon 9 and it no longer happened the next day. SpaceX has other customers waiting for a ride to orbit like NASA, the U.S. Military, and others in the commercial sector. SpaceX plans on launching the Falcon Heavy in summer after years of a launch delay.