Monday, 25 December 2017

ISS Receives Suppllies as Space x Launches Recycled Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule

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The International space station (ISS) is very much expected to have received a bundle of packages delivered by space x Falcon 9 and dragon capsules. This event which has taken place several times in the past is however distinct from the rest because this is the first time a Falcon 9 as well as a Dragon Capsule, has been recycled and used by Space x for a NASA Launch and resupply to the ISS respectively. This is a great milestone in the race to achieve 100 percent reusability in Space travel.


 Due to a couple of Schedule Adjustments, the Launch finally occured by 10:36AM on the 15th of december.  The Launch did go on as expected at cape Canaveral. After a Successful delivery of the Dragon Capsule, the Falcon 9 returned back to earth at Landing Zone, at Cape Canveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket can now be recycled and Utilised for another mission.The Dragon Capsule delivered its payload on Sunday(17th of December). The Falcon 9 used in this Launch is not new to NASA. Space x made use of the first stage booster to launch a different Dragon Capsule to the ISS back in June. After that Launch, the rocket returned to the same Landing Zone it used after that days flight. The dragon capsule that visited the ISS previously did so a while ago in April, 2015. Quite distinct from the Falcon 9, Dragon capsules don't land Propulsively, rather they work with parachutes.


It's a given, that NASA Has Always treadled Carefully with Spacex's Pre-flown rockets. A good Number of Re-flown Rockets have displayed a Quality Track record of Successful Launches, as SpaceX Employs them for Commercial Flights that deliver Satellites to Orbit. Re-flown rockets have not seen any Launch accidents, not since that of June 2015, in which an explosion occurred during an ISS resupply Mission, including the Launch pad Explosion in 2016, the rocket in this Case had not been Flown before.

The capability of Launching a rocket  and Dragon Capsule that had been Used in a previous Launch gets the curtain wide open to the future of recyclable Vehicles. Reusable rockets technology as stated by Space x, could help it to reduce Cost nonetheless, and maximize Savings reaching 30 percent of the cost of traveling to space.


A new Falcon 9 When Launched Could Cost a little over $60 million, meaning a reused rocket about $40 million for clients  notwithstanding, Space x has reportedly invested about $1 billion in development of its reusable rocket technology, which easily translates to it not likely to hand Savings down to Customers, in-other for the Company to Recover Funds Expended in the Course of Development.

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