A new video offers an epic look at a historic SpaceX mission.
On Tuesday morning (January 3), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched on a “carpooling” mission called Transporter-6 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, carrying 114 satellites into the sky orbit for many clients.
Transporter-6 is SpaceX’s 200th orbital flight since the company was founded in 2002. And it’s the 15th mission for this particular Falcon 9’s first stage, marking a re-use record. use by SpaceX. The first stage captured its journey into space and back with an onboard camera, footage SpaceX posted via Twitter on Thursday morning (January 5).
The video dramatically speeds up the action, shortening take-off and landing times to just 90 seconds. (The booster actually landed successfully at Cape Canaveral Landing Site 1 about 8.5 minutes after launch.)
SpaceX has performed 61 orbital missions in 2022, nearly double the company’s record of 31, set in 2021.
However, the time-lapse footage still captures the essentials of a Falcon 9 flight well. It shows, for example, how the rocket stream spreads as the vehicle moves higher in the day’s air. diluting and highlighting the complexity with which the thruster controls its landing as it returns to Earth. This control is provided by a variety of features, including directional-changing nitrogen thrusters and supersonic mesh fins, waffle-like structures near the base of the thrusters that it deploys after reaching space.
The Transporter-6 is the company’s first flight in 2023 and there are sure to be many more to come. In August 2022, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said the company is “aiming to do up to 100 flights next year.”
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