After months of setback, clusters of mishaps, and of course, million dollar forfeitures, America-based space startup – SpaceX successfully took its first unmanned rocket, Flacon 9 to the air on Saturday. On 14th January 2017, SpaceX successfully dispatched and landed its ambitious rocket, alongside 10 high-end communication satellites into the orbit. After the complicated launch-pad flare-up in September, this is the very first attempt space mission of Elon Musk’s firm.
The Falcon 9 rocket along with 10 Iridium Communications satellites lighted out from Vandenberg Air Force Base, located in the central coast of California. The event took place at 9:54 am local time, accompanied by suitable weather and a royal view of the Pacific Ocean. Since the occurrence of the mishap, on 1st September, under which the fireball of a Falcon rocket shattered the entire rocket, its payload, and the multi-billion launch pad in Florida, the re-launch date of Flacon 9 was being hindered from week to week.
However, after facing all those climatic setbacks and some other harsh circumstances, the rocket finally found its way to skies on this Saturday. The first stage of the rocket arrived straight on the unmanned spaceship miles offshore nearly 8 minutes later. It is an accomplishment that Elon Musk’s SpaceX had already achieved four times in 2016 and photographed on the webcast of the company.
As programmed, few moments after the Falcon 9 took to the air; two portions of the rocket alienated and sent the satellites to orbit, while the tall section, known as the first stage of the rocket, came back to Earth. The live video footage of the launch event also broadcasted in the SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. The video imageries showed the first stage of the launch event, powering its engines and touching down in a stable and straight manner, on a raised area marked with an ‘X’ symbol in the Pacific Ocean.
After the successful accomplishment of the launch, SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to express his contentment. On twitter, Elon wrote: “Rocket is stable. Missions Look Good. All satellites deployed.”
Now, under its 2017 agenda, the company is planning to make the debut launch of a heavy-lift booster, soaring its first reused missile and revamping the exploded launch-pad of Florida, which got scratched in September.