SpaceX saved the nose cone of the rocket, the Falcon Heavy and is going to reuse

SpaceX is after today’s first and fully successful commercial launch of a telecommunication satellite Arabsat 6A managed to keep the integrity of not only the three exhaust accelerator super-heavy carrier rocket Falcon Heavy, but its nose cone, which the company plans to use in a future space missions planned for 2019. About it through its page in “Twitter” said CEO Elon Musk.

“Both parts of the thermal protection chosen. Plan to use them in one of the missions Starlink later this year,” said Musk, a message accompanied by photographs selected on a floating ship parts nose fairing.

The fairing is installed in the nose of the rocket and is used as exterior thermal protection of the payload during launch. Again these parts the company have never used, but plans are counting on it. Each part of the nose thermal protection equips the SpaceX avionics systems, as well as small thrusters, which together with parachutes that allow them to gently land on the surface of the ocean after working out.

Such sophisticated company is because every part of that fairing is worth $ 6 million. Musk has previously said that up to 10 percent of the cost of the launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 is on the nose thermal protection. By the way, a two-stage “Falcon 9” as a super-heavy version of the Falcon Heavy (in fact representing just three of the Falcon 9 rocket), use the same nose cones.

Saved yesterday in the Atlantic ocean of the rocket are going to reuse in future missions Starlink. Recall that under this program, SpaceX wants to launch several thousand of telecommunication satellites to cover Earth high-speed satellite Internet. The first operational launch, in the framework of Starlink scheduled for next month. It will be conducted with the help of rocket Falcon 9 from Vandenberg air force base in California (USA).

It’s unclear whether you plan to use the repaired fairing in the framework of this mission. Musk didn’t elaborate.

Previously, the company has many times tried to catch the bow of its missiles with the help of a huge network that is installed on a special vehicle, “Mr. Stephen” (the Mask is actually a thing for weird names for their floating vessel, for example, Autonomous floating barge, which from time to time used as a floating landing pad worked the first rocket stages of the Falcon series, called “of Course I still love you”), but none of the attempts were not successful.

Spent yesterday on the launch vehicle, the Falcon Heavy fairing ship, “Mr. Stephen,” his network didn’t get caught. Smoothly descended to the surface of the Atlantic ocean part of the rocket caught from the water. Apparently, Musk is no longer considering a possible corrosion and contamination of the fairing of serious problems.

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