Website tracking 'Starman,' Elon Musk's Tesla on road to Mars
- Author: Essie Rivera Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 3:25
Since SpaceX successfully test fired their Falcon Heavy rocket a few weeks ago, various space organisations have got a reason to smile.
According to the post by SpaceX, more time is necessary in order to "perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing". "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ", the company tweeted. The Falcon Heavy rocket will now help propel a number of space missions that weren't technologically feasible until now. SpaceX didn't publicly speak about the Starlink prototypes, although it revealed their presence on the Falcon 9 rockets in Federal Communications Commission filings.
SpaceX is slated to launch a rocket from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:17 a.m. local time on Wednesday. A single fairing costs $6 million so reusing it multiple times will significantly reduce the cost of each launch for the company and subsequently for its clients. Musk said that they are getting closer to recovering the payload fairings and have been experimenting with parachutes on its fairings.
Right off the bat, I'm confident that Mr. Steven is some variety of Sci-Fi reference, though off the top of my head I can't place it.
'It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form.I think it might be able to do the same thing with Dragon, ' he added. But, the launch has been delayed and is being postponed to February 21 to allow engineers do final checks of Falcon 9's upgraded nose cone.
In an incredible accomplishment, the Falcon Heavy's reused side boosters landed smoothly back down to Earth on two separate launchpads about 8 minutes in.
The space company has also re-used first-stage and second-stage rocket boosters, in addition to a previously flown Dragon spacecraft.
It's the first phase of testing for SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk's vision to build a space-based broadband internet service within six years.