During the latest SAOCOM 1B mission, in which SpaceX launched an Argentine satellite into orbit, a camera mounted aboard the accelerator showed the rocket reaching beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and returning to Earth.
Among other things, the new launch of the Falcon 9 also set several records: during this mission, SpaceX used the Southern Polar Corridor for the first time since 1969 to enter orbit from Cape Canaveral.
In addition, the launch of the rocket booster to land was the first in six months since SpaceX engineers returned their reusable rockets to floating platforms between March 2020.
Earlier, during SpaceX’s 100th-anniversary launch since 2006, Elon Musk posted a video return to Earth 13-meter fairing Falcon 9 after the next launch of Starlink satellites.
The fairing weighs about one ton, and after delivering the cargo to a certain height, it fell on a huge net installed on the ship using parachutes.
The GPS signal allowed the search team to calculate the crash site in advance.
The cost of this fairing is about $6 million, so its reuse allows the company to save a lot of money. At the same time, the fairing should be safely returned to Earth, preventing it from getting into the saltwater.