SpaceX SES-9 Mission Success Relies On Super-Chilled Liquid Oxygen

Posted: Mar 1 2016, 5:39am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


SpaceX SES-9 Mission Success Relies on Super-Chilled Liquid Oxygen
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Super Tuesday will witness the next attempt of SpaceX to launch a Falcon 9 carrying the SES9 satellite into orbit.

Bringing something into space is not a simple task. Elon Musk's SpaceX tries to make it something to become a normal thing that works every time and is low cost. The current mission SES-9 shows that it is still not an easy, everyday job to bring something into orbit.

The SpaceX SES-9 mission has had so far three failed attempts to lift off into space. Today, on Super Tuesday, SpaceX will try the fourth time. One of the complexities is the liquid oxygen the rocket carries. To pack more liquid oxygen, SpaceX is super chilling it. Super-chilled liquid oxygen is denser and the rocket can burn more of it.

Quartz reports that the required temperature is - 207 degrees celsius. Keeping this super low temperature is has turned out to be a problem twice in the SES-9 mission, causing two launch cancelations.

The additional fuel is the enabler for the reusability of the Falcon 9 rocket. This way the rocket has the additional fuel to enter the flight path for returning to earth after dropping the pay load. SpaceX does not expect to land the Falcon 9 successfully on the drone ship in this mission, but they try anyway.

SpaceX has set the new launch window to today, Tuesday, March 1, 6:35pm ET. The new SpaceX rocket launch is planned at the Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. SpaceX will provide a live webcast again.

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