In the recent launch, SpaceX has successfully done a night launch as well as recover the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket was landed safely and successfully on a mobile recovery of the ship whose name is Of course, I Still Love You.
The hurricane Florence which is approaching towards the Virginia and Carolina have little role to play to affect the Falcon 9 as it is about 24 hours to reach when the rocket was launch. The drone ship along with the tugboat which is towing it back to Port Canaveral are said to be skirting the edge of the storm in the sense that hurricanes, as well as tropical storms which are said to be, can get depart from the estimated trajectories.
The drone ship OCISLY along with Falcon 9 B1049 with tugboat Hawk is said to be only capable of safely pulling the duo which is said to be around 7 knots. But when it is compared to Hurricane Florence, it is now heading west towards the coast at a speed of 13 mph, and this speed may increase as it will pick up the energy. This seems to be a small concern to the SpaceX as there is some time which was never wasted by securing the recovered rocket booster and it reaches the healthy cruising speed which is about 6 to 7 hours after the post-launch landing.
This launch took place from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and after which it successfully deployed the Telstar 18 Vantage satellite. This satellite will be replacing the Telstar 18 which was deployed in the year 2004. It is said that this satellite will be boosting the communications services which are across the regions of Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand as well as Australia. It is designed for an in-orbit lofe which is said to be around 15 years as the satellite can enable to direct the connectivity which is from all parts of Asia to Americas.
This successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket is said to be the 16th of the total 30 targeted launches by SpaceX for the year 2018. Last year, the Falcon 9 rocket will become the most popular launch vehicle in the world that will hit the orbit about 18 times which is maximum among the launch vehicles.
Apart from this target, Commercial Crew Program which SpaceX along with NASA has got partnered so the company will finalize the plans to transport the American astronauts to the ISS.