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Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, famously known as SpaceX, is all geared up as the upcoming Liftoff of Falcon 9 “1029” nears its second commercial launch happening on June 19. Prior to the re-flight schedule, the mission has had a very successful static fire at Launch Complex 39A.
This static fire testing was initially scheduled on June 13 but has been moved on the following day. Due to some serious mechanical and strategic reasons, the said test has to be moved over the weekend of June 15. Moreover, the Monday launch date was not originally planned but was only third schedule after it has been delayed to the 14th and the 15th.
According to TeslaRati, this slight changes in the launch timeline is caused by some launch pad readiness procedures which took a bit longer than expected at the pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida that once hosted Apollo moon-mission launches and space shuttle liftoffs.
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting June 19 launch of BulgariaSat-1 from historic Pad 39A pic.twitter.com/sndsLhKtwA
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 15, 2017
SpaceX is expected to have its second commercial launched within the window of 2-5 p.m. EST on the 19th. If things went well, this milestone will mark the second successful reuse of a Falcon 9 first stage and, also, the second ever reuse of an orbital-class rocket, TeslaRati added.
Symbolically, the American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company’s image and marketability depend on the success of this particular first stage, “1029.” More so because this rocket launch brings back the memories of SpaceX’s first mission after the disastrous failure of Amos-6 last year.
In 2016, an unexpected tragedy erupted during SpaceX highly publicized launching of Falcon 9. Due to series of multiple events malfunction, the Falcon rocket launch led to a massive explosion destroying the said rocked, the Amos-6 payload, and severely damaged the site it was supposed to launch from.
Following the event, Elon Musk has dubbed it as the most difficult and complex failure SpaceX ever had. But the company surprised the world again when it announced that it will be returning for flight again just four months after the disaster took place.
Back to the June 19 liftoff
In a report posted by Space, it noted that the Falcon 9 is composed of a two-stage vehicle. The first stage of this rocket made a successful feat after powering up 10 satellites for communications last January. It has been marked as flawless mission after returning back to Earth.
SpaceX hopes for the same outcome for Monday’s mission. This time, the goal is to move BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite upward. surprisingly, the booster opted to bring the Falcon 9 first stage down for another “drone ship” touchdown attempt right after it has been re-launched.