Miami.- The aerospace company SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 into space this Tuesday with a new batch of 60 satellites for its Starlink internet network, after finding favorable atmospheric conditions for the mission.
The launch took place at the scheduled time, 15:01 local time (19:01 GMT), from the Cape Canaveral Space Station complex (East Florida), and nine minutes later the reusable part completed its flight back to land. successfully on a floating platform in the Atlantic.
The reusable two-phase Falcon 9 rocket took off with the pack of 60 satellites at the tip and nine minutes later phase one of the spacecraft managed to return to earth and land on the platform baptized as “Of Course I Still Love You”, located in the Atlantic about 400 miles (630 km).
The sharp images transmitted by SpaceX showed the impeccable progress of the mission phase by phase, from the launch of the rocket to the separation in space of the “package” of satellites that remained in orbit to the earth.
The agency’s monitoring team welcomed with applause the moment when, nine minutes later, the rocket back to the planet landed precisely at the designated point of the floating marine platform.
This mission is part of SpaceX’s “Starlink” program, which aims to put a large number of artificial satellites into orbit to create the aforementioned internet network.
This is the “ninth landing of this propellant (Falcon 9) on the platform ‘Of Course I Still Love You’,” the agency highlighted on its Twitter account.
Last Sunday the first manned commercial mission developed by NASA in conjunction with SpaceX concluded with the return of the Dragon capsule and its four astronauts on board to Earth, after their stay on the International Space Station (ISS).
The capsule, dubbed Resilience by the crew, fell in darkness off the coast of Panama City, Florida.
Crew-1 is the first of six manned missions that NASA will do in association with the signing of magnate Elon Musk, as part of the Commercial Crew Program with which the space agency returns to send missions into space from US soil and with rockets and ships manufactured in this country.
This mission is part of NASA’s public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also CEO of electric car maker Tesla. EFE