SpaceX To Land SES-9 Satellite At Sea On February 24th

Posted: Feb 9 2016, 9:45pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

SpaceX to Land SES-9 Satellite on Sea on February 24th
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  • SpaceX to Land its Rocket at a Sea Base by the End of the Month

SpaceX is to land its rocket at a sea base by the end of the month. It will be a precarious operation and success is a 50:50 proposal.

The next sea base landing operation of the SpaceX rocket may be on February 24th. The novel SES-9 satellite will be taken to its orbital site by Elon Musk’s company.

A Falcon 9 rocket will be used to accomplish the task. The base where the landing will take place is at sea. This is especially so if the rocket doesn’t have any fuel left at the end of the journey back to earth.

The exact time for the landing has not been revealed up until now. Weather issues may crop up so the timing is best kept a moot point. Also any technical glitches may occur thereby spoiling the plans of Elon Musk and SpaceX.

Here we have an ideal chance to make history that Elon Musk will not allow to go to waste. The launch date and the landing time will ultimately have to be coordinated.

The fact that the rocket will probably use all its fuel to reach the orbital site means that not much will be left to make it back to land. Thus the sea landing is a dead cert.

The erstwhile attempts at sea landings have been failures so far. Each time there has been an explosion. The slightest thing that could go wrong will derail the whole operation.

While take-off and touch-down are the warp and weft of SpaceX, the very delicate nature of the process dictates that extreme care be exercised. But then failures are stepping stones to success. If all goes well than history will get made. Otherwise it is a case of going back to the drawing board.

Musk made some excuses for the previous failure. Let’s see what he has to say this time around if the process is botched up. The man is a genius alright otherwise he wouldn’t be heading the alternative to NASA.

The fact is that such male-oriented activities as space travel have a frisson of the uncertainty and dare-devilry about them. Risk is a necessity in such cases and so it couldn’t be helped if something goes wrong time after time.

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