SpaceX, a private spaceflight company, has was able to conduct yet another successful launch when it delivered a group of satellites into orbit.
SpaceX said that all of the ten satellites were deployed into low-earth orbit for the company Iridium Communications. The said launch was considered as the latest achievement for a firm that hopes to be at the forefront of the developing private space industry.
In yet another display of technical wizardry, the company was attempting to land a component of the rocket in a seaborne vessel that Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, likened to a “giant steel & webbing catcher’s mitt superstructure on a high-speed ocean ship.” However, Musk said that a GPS-guided component, unfortunately, became twisted, causing the said piece to plunge into the ocean “at high speed.”
Earlier in 2018, SpaceX was able to launch the most powerful rocket in the world in front of an excited crowd in Florida.
The Falcon Heavy’s successful launch marked another significant milestone for SpaceX. The launch sent a red Tesla that was carrying a dummy that was dressed in a sleek white spacesuit hurtling beyond the atmosphere of the Earth. It was considered as a playful nod to Musk who is also serving as the founder of Tesla.
While Musk is aiming to establish a dominant space in the emerging industry of private spaceflight, Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has promised to reinvigorate the moribund space programme of America.
Last year, the US President signed a directive that was aiming to partner with private firms to have humans return to the moon and devise a foundation for reaching Mars. The plan was a goal that Trump has repeatedly talked about.
Earlier in 2018, the US President mused to a gathering of Marines regarding a launch of a “Space Force” branch of the military.