- SpaceX shared a video of its reusable fairing breaking away from its satellite
- The fairing, or nose cone, falls to the Earth where it was retrieved in the ocean
- It will be reused on the Falcon 9 mission, set to launch 60 Starlink satellites
An incredibly video shows the nose cone of SpaceX’s Arabsat-6A communications satellite plummeting to the Earth as it makes its way home to be reused in the Falcon 9 mission
Cameras on the nose cone, or fairing, captured footage of the satellite blasting away, as it spins towards Earth, while catching a view of the blazing sun and void of space
This will mark the time the first time Falcon 9 will blast-off with payload from a previous flight – a feat that has long been discussed by the firm’s CEO Elon Musk
The reusable nose cone will return to space on Monday for SpaceX’s Starlink 1 mission aboard the Falcon 9, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. Musk recently shared on Twitter that the internet is a success
He posted ‘Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite’ at 2:03 AM on Tuesday, October 22nd. And hours later, he shared ‘Whoa, it worked’ – sending the internet into a frenzy
Each satellite in the first Starlink launch weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), making this the heaviest SpaceX payload to date
An incredibly video shows the nose cone of SpaceX’s Arabsat-6A communications satellite plummeting to the Earth as it makes its way home to be reused in the Falcon 9 mission.
This will mark the time the first time Falcon 9 will blast-off with payload from a previous flight – a feat that has long been discussed by the firm’s CEO Elon Musk.
Cameras on the nose cone, or fairing, captured footage of the satellite blasting away and a stunning view of the blazing sun and void of space.
The Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch on Monday, November 11th and will take 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.
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SpaceX shared the video on Twitter writing, ‘The fairing supporting the mission previously flew on Falcon Heavy’s Arabsat-6A mission’.
Cameras attached to the fairing captured the moment it separates from the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in April, as reported by Space.com.
As that spacecraft blasts away, the cameras also catch a glimpse of the stunning blue curvature of Earth, the blazing sun and the empty void of space.
The fairing made its way safely home and was retrieved from the ocean.
The reusable nose cone will return to space on Monday for SpaceX’s Starlink 1 mission aboard the Falcon 9, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.
Each satellite in the first Starlink launch weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), making this the heaviest SpaceX payload to date.
It will take at least 12 launches of additional satellites to achieve Musk’s goal of providing constant internet coverage for most of the world, he said.
Although some have questions the abilities of the Starlink satellites, Musk revealed the technology is working.
He posted on Twitter using the high-speed internet – ‘Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite’ and then hours later, confirmed ‘it worked’.
The billionaire said he expects revenues from rocket launch services to top out at about $3 billion per year.
That makes Starlink key to generating the cash that SpaceX needs to fund Musk’s larger dream of developing new spacecraft capable of flying paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.
‘We think this is a key stepping stone on the way towards establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon,’ said Musk, who is also the chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched the first sixty of its ‘Starlink’ space internet satellites.
They are the first in a constellation of thousands of satellites, designed to provide low-cost broadband internet service from low Earth orbit.
The constellation, informally known as Starlink, and under development at SpaceX’s facilities in Redmond, Washington.
Its goal is to beam superfast internet into your home from space.
While satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.
Starlink is different. SpaceX says putting a ‘constellation’ of satellites in low earth orbit would provide high-speed, cable-like internet all over the world.
The billionaire’s company wants to create the global system to help it generate more cash.
Musk has previously said the venture could give three billion people who currently do not have access to the internet a cheap way of getting online.
It could also help fund a future city on Mars.
Helping humanity reach the red planet is one of Musk’s long-stated aims and was what inspired him to start SpaceX.
The company recently filed plans with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit above the Earth – three times as many that are currently in operation.
‘Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service,’ the firm said.
‘Every point on the Earth’s surface will see, at all times, a SpaceX satellite.’
The network will provide internet access to the US and the rest of the world, it added.
It is expected to take more than five years and $9.8 billion (£7.1bn) of investment, although satellite internet has proved an expensive market in the past and analysts expect the final bill will be higher.
Musk compared the project to ‘rebuilding the internet in space’, as it would reduce reliance on the existing network of undersea fibre-optic cables which criss-cross the planet.
In the US, the FCC welcomed the scheme as a way to provide internet connections to more people.