SpaceX launches Falcon 9 on Transporter-5

Steven Burnett
Steven Burnett

Updated · May 27, 2022

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At 2:35 p.m. ET (1835 GMT), 59 small satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon booster was reusable and returned to Florida’s Space Coast eight-and-half seconds later. This mission was SpaceX’s fifth mission for the Transporter Small Spacecraft rideshare program. It was a pleasant launch environment at Cape Canaveral because of the weather. To allow thermal testing of Falcon 9’s payload deployment sequence, take-off took eight more minutes. The Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral and headed south. The rocket flew along Florida’s East Coast and placed its 59 payloads into polar orbit. Two minutes and sixteen seconds later, the first stage ignited nine Merlin engines. The Falcon upper stage was separated to begin its return to Florida.

The first stage used cold-gas nitrogen thrusters to turn around and fly the tail. Three Merlin engines were then used to boost the rocket back towards space. The rocket could then reverse its course and return to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Three engines were again fired to ensure a successful re-entry. Before firing the final stop activity, the rocket slowed down to less than the sound of its engines. To steer the missile into space, the booster extended titanium grid Fins. The rocket landed vertically at Landing Zone 1. It landed horizontally on its four legs. This is less than 6 miles (10 km) from the launch pad.

The eighth stage launch was completed on Wednesday (tail number B1061). It was launched as part of a NASA mission to transport four astronauts into space. Later, four more astronauts were sent into orbit in a crew flight.

SpaceX’s booster launched last June with a radio broadcasting satellite to SiriusXM. Last August, the booster was launched with a Dragon cargo capsule. It is headed to the International Space Station. They launched the NASAX-ray Astronomy satellite in December. This year, three booster launches were conducted: 3 rd February with 49 Starlink Internet Satellites; 1st April and Transporter 4 flight-share missions; and Wednesday with Transporter 5. Despite the booster successfully returning to Cape Canaveral after Wednesday’s take-off, the Falcon 9 second stage engine took six minutes to get to its preliminary parking orbit.

After the engine had been removed, the Nanoracks self-contained payload was attached to the upper stage. It was then programmed to experiment with metal cutting in space for 10 minutes. Outpost Mars Demo-1 had three pieces of corrosion-resistant stainless steel that a robotic arm could attempt to cut using friction grinding technology. Nanoracks believes that this is the first step in demonstrating metal works orbit. This could allow for space manufacturing and salvaging. This could allow for the conversion of older launch vehicles into orbiting habitats. Around 20 minutes after launch, the metal cutting would occur. Scientists would then be able to receive imagery and data from ground stations. Nanoracks is expected to receive the experiment results on Wednesday or Thursday. The upper stage was unable to finish its task. Another engine fire was used to place satellite payloads into a circular orbit at 326m (525km), altitude, and an inclination 97.5 degrees to the equator.

SpaceX regards such extensive reuse as a top priority. It considers it the breakthrough humanity needs to colonize Mars and accomplish other exciting exploration feats. The reuse is extensive. Twelve different missions have seen multiple Falcon 9 first stage launches.

Steven Burnett

Steven Burnett

Steven Burnett has over 15 years of experience spanning a wide range of industries and domains. He has a flair for collating statistical data through extensive research practices, and is well-versed in generating industry-specific reports that enables his clients to better comprehend a market’s landscape and aid in making well-informed decisions. His hobbies include playing football and the guitar.