Persistence Pays off as SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite

SpaceX has successfully launched a satellite last Friday to provide broadband Internet to remote areas in the Asia Pacific region.

3. 6. 16 by Joi Matthew
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SpaceX successfully launched a satellite toward a distant orbit last Friday March 4th after experiencing multiple delays.

Despite the crash landing, Musk considers the launch a success and is optimistic about their chances for landing next time.

The company has five different launch dates this year, with this last one having been halted six times due to problems with rocket fuel, weather, and ironically an interference from a nearby boat.

On Friday SpaceX employees and onlookers cheered as the Falcon 9 rocket shot up toward the sky without any problems. The mission was to deliver a massive satellite that could provide broadband Internet to remote areas in the Asia Pacific. In order for the launch to be a success, the satellite will have to go more than 22,000 miles into space, which is actually 100 times further than where the ISS orbits.

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Rocket Landing

SpaceX has also attempted another rocket landing, something which Blue Origin -Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezo’s company – is also determined to master.

The goal is to be able to land safely and reuse the rocket that provided the initial blast for the spacecraft. This makes space travel cost less and become more accessible for private use. Both SpaceX and Blue Origin have successfully landed a rocket, but SpaceX has not yet achieved a landing out at sea.


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