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SpaceX calls Falcon Heavy to launch its most difficult mission



SpaceX calls Falcon Heavy to launch its most difficult mission

five four three two Music we have liftoff the worlds most powerful rocket has taken to the skies CEO Elon Musk says this will be SpaceX as most difficult mission ever the Falcon Heavy is carrying two dozen experimental satellites and weve got racial crane following this story what an incredible sight the most difficult mission yet Elon Musk says and this is quite significant because this is a second launch this year thats reality and the reason that this particular mission was you know dubbed the most difficult launch theyve had to date is because they were experimental satellites on board and they were headed for three distinct orbits now that required a lot of tricky maneuvering for this rocket the second stage booster had to fire four times so a lot of room for error here and the customer was the Air Force and the DoD coordinated with NASA and several other laboratories and universities for the payloads on board and a lot of excitement about those payloads so NASA had a very futuristic atomic clock also a green propellant but the thing that had the space community super jazzed was lightsail now this was a solar sail project you know centuries in the making here it was sponsored by the nonprofit Planetary Society which is headed by Bill Nye known as Bill Nye the Science Guy and it essentially is a spacecraft that is I can use light photons as the propellant but unlike you know traditional solar panels that convert solar energy into electricity this uses the momentum of the photons itself and yeah the dod of course was the one that coordinated this launch and so a lot of eyeballs on this launch because it was ultimately meant to certify the Falcon Heavy for future national security missions so as we all know todays launch was a smashing success or space a

SpaceX calls Falcon Heavy to launch its most difficult mission


SpaceX so that could mean billions for the company if it does in fact at that certification Aloni and solutely I mean and thats the thing right because and thats what made made it quite difficult it was the technology that you say it was testing and of course really expensive I guess you know projects as well spacecraft is what is expected to be put into three separate orbits you mentioned this earlier but the question is yes successful take off but again they still have a lot of work to do to make this entire project a success what are we hearing on that front well this was also the first time that the Falcon Heavy was using reusable or art boosters that had already flown to space so that was also a very exciting part of this mission and they were able to land those boosters once again successfully back on earth unfortunately the core booster that crashed into the ocean when it was attempting to land on the drone ship there but while that you know wasnt a perfect landing there was another huge success for SpaceX here they were hoping to land the the Rockets fairing into like basically a giant net on a ship in the ocean called mystery and theyve been trying to do this for a year and a half and they finally did it today so musk says that thats about a savings of six million dollars being able to recover that fairing now the fairing is basically like that nose on the end of the rocket that protects the satellites inside the rocket and it comes off once in space so a lot of success for SpaceX today Im sure my son has his whole team is is celebrating today '"
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