SpaceX just ended 2018 with a bang. Elon Musk’s private space flight company conducted its 21st launch of this season on Sunday, Dec. 23, lofting a GPS satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force.
The company didn’t bring its Falcon 9 rocket booster back in for a landing thanks to the Air Force’s assignment requirements. Instead, this brand-new rocket was used the old fashioned way and lost after it performed its obligations.
The Sunday launching comes by the end of a complete week of contested attempts, most which have been the result of unfavorable weather and wind conditions.
This launch is currently SpaceX of this calendar year, marking a record-number of annual launches for your organization. And SpaceX has had the banner 2018.
The company managed to soar its own Falcon weighty rocket to the very first time in February, and its Falcon 9 starts went well during the season. The provider also managed to property lots of its own rockets straight back on strong ground, including two of those Falcon weighty’s 3 boosters.
In addition to that, SpaceX managed to re-fly one among its Falcon-9 first point boosters to its next occasion, a huge feather at the provider’s cap the moment it has to do with dependability.
The company’s business model hinges on this reusability. Instead of simply following the traditional one-and-done version of rocket starts, SpaceX launches and then re-launches its own rockets to produce space flight cheaper for everyone.
As-usual, SpaceX documented Sunday’s launching with videos and photos shared on social networking.