SpaceX saved Falcon Heavy rocket nose cone and is going to re-use it
SpaceX company after today's first fully successful commercial launch of a telecommunications satellite Arabsat 6A managed to maintain the integrity of not only the three exhaust accelerator superheavy carrier rocket Falcon Heavy, but its nose cone, which the company plans to re-use in a future space missions planned for 2019. This was through a page on the "Twitter," said CEO Elon Musk.
"Both of the thermal protection chosen. They plan to use in one of the missions Starlink later this year ", - said Musk, accompanied by a message on the selected photos floating vessel parts nose cones.
The fairing is installed in the nose of the launch vehicle and used as an external heat protection payload during launch. Re the part of the company has never been used, but the plan is very counting on it. Every part of the nasal thermal protection equips SpaceX avionics systems, as well as small thrusters, which together with parachutes that allow them to land softly on the surface of the ocean after working. To such refinements company it is because each part of the fairing is worth $ 6 million. Musk has previously reported that up to 10 percent of the cost of the launch vehicle Falcon 9 falls on the nasal thermal protection. By the way, two-step "Falcon 9" as well as extra-heavy version of the Falcon Heavy (in fact representing just three Falcon 9 rocket), use the same nose cones.
Rescued yesterday in the Atlantic part of the rocket going to be reused in a future Starlink missions. Recall that in the framework of this program, SpaceX wants to run thousands of telecommunication satellites for Earth coverage of high-speed satellite Internet. The first operational launch within Starlink Program is scheduled for next month. It will be conducted with the help of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 Vandenberg base in California (USA).
While it is unclear whether you plan to use the restored dome was in the framework of this mission. Musk did not elaborate.
Previously, the company has a lot of time trying to catch the nose of its missiles with the help of a huge network that is installed on a special ship, "Mr. Stephen" (at the mask at all "fad" at the strange names for their floating vessel, for example, an autonomous floating barge, which is currently using the time as a floating landing site of the first stages of spent rockets Falcon series, called "of course I still love you"), but none of the attempts failed. Spent yesterday on the launch vehicle fairing Falcon Heavy ship, "Mr. Stephen" with its network did not catch. Float to the surface of the Atlantic Ocean missiles already fished out of the water. Apparently, the mask is no longer considered the possibility of corrosion and contamination of the fairing serious problems.
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