Space X Re-cap and Future Launches
On Monday May 1, 2017 – after a rocket sensor issue that caused a one day delay, SpaceX successfully launched the classified satellite NROL-76 for the National Reconnaissance Office. The NRO operates overhead surveillance efforts for the U.S.. Liftoff occurred at 7:15 a.m. and resulted in a success.
This isn’t SpaceX’s first operation on our Space Coast. Just a few weeks ago, SpaceX made history with the successful launch of a used rocket right here in Cape Canaveral, FL. The company is signed a five-year lease of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 13, which is being used as Landing Zone-1 for their east coast landing location for returning Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicle booster stages. The consistent recovery of rocket at LZ-1 will cut down Falcon 9 re-flight time to within 24 hours of an initial launch!
“It means you can fly and refly an orbital class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is going to be, ultimately, a huge revolution in spaceflight,” he said. – Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX
March 30 – Successfully launched a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, carrying the SES-10 commercial communications satellite which was successfully launched into orbit.
May 1 – NROL-76 for the National Reconnaissance Office successfully launched.
May 15 – Falcon 9 will carry the Inmarsat-5 F4 global communications satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit
May 31 – Scheduled send of a payload to the International Space Station with CRS-11.
We’re excited to see what comes next for SpaceX and will keep our I Love Cocoa Beach community up-to-date on the latest!
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