SpaceX’s Falcon-9 rocket just completed its 10 year anniversary today! It is the first commercial rocket to take humans to the International Space Station. The rocket from SpaceX is also the first orbital-class aircraft ever to be reused. The rocket powers fuel from 9 Merlin engines, which uses RP-1 kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants along with a backup of the second stage Merlin vacuum engine. However, the rocket has many functions which are both autonomous and manual.
June 4, 2020, marks the 10 year anniversary for Falcon-9’s rocket launch. The latest achievements of SpaceX include this rocket’s use on the Crew Dragon mission by NASA and the launch of 60 Starlink satellites. Let us look back at the top 10 achievements from the company’s flagship rocket.
Falcon-9’s Test Flight on 2010
SpaceX joined the big space leagues on June 4, 2010, when it first launched the test flight at 2:45 P.M. The rocket blasted off into space from Cape Canaveral’s coastal launch pad. It reached a distance of 155 miles above the orbit of Earth. SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk exclaimed of almost hitting a bull’s eye.
SpaceX Sticks its First Landing on 2015
The space organization successfully landed the first stage of orbital-class Falcon-9 rocket on Earth. Shortly after Falcon 9 and its cargo launched at 8:29 p.m. EDT on Dec. 21, 2015, the first stage separated and returned to Earth for a soft landing, one that would change the course of spaceflight forever.
SpaceX nails its first Landing at Sea
A successful ground landing along with multiple failed attempts to land at the sea. SpaceX finally landed on top of a drone ship named “I Still Love You”. The footage can be seen from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch in Florida.
The explosion of Falcon 9 on Rocket Pad on 2016
SpaceX lost one of its Falcon 9 rockets on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a static fire test. Unfortunately, the vehicle and its $195 million dollar payload, an AMOS-6 satellite to be used by Facebook was not found.
SpaceX successfully reuses rocket for the first time
SpaceX launched a previously flown rocket for the first time on March 30, 2017. The Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and hoisted an SES-10 communications satellite into orbit before returning to Earth.
Falcon 9 launches heavy rocket
SpaceX launched a heavy aircraft after a long time on February 6, 2018. Falcon Heavy Rocket was fueled by 3 Merlin Falcon-9’s which is equal to 27 Merlin Engines.
Falcon-9 launches straight into Sea
On December 5, 2018, on the way to a Commercial Resupply Mission 16 cargo the rocket flipped back and started returning to Earth. The failure resulted in a drop to the Sea for the rocket.
SpaceX Commercial Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission
Falcon 9 successfully sent the Dragon capsule into orbit for its first demonstration mission. The spacecraft launched at 2:49 a.m. EDT on March 2, 2019, from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Demo-1 mission successfully showed that the Dragon capsule could dock and undock with the International Space Station.
SpaceX launches successfully the Launch America
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, filled up with emotions as Falcon-9 left Earth successfully in the historic “Launch America” event. NASA and SpaceX successfully landed two astronauts in space from American soil for the first time in 9 years on May 27, 2020.
SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites
On June 3, 2020, SpaceX finally launched all 60 satellites as a part of their Starlink constellation. The latest launch takes the total to around 480 satellites all of which are beneficial for the growth of the USA.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.