Space transport company SpaceX carried out a historic launch last Sunday (30). The first reason is an important mark achieved by the company led by Elon Musk. This is the 100th launch carried out by SpaceX, which began carrying out missions for private and government companies in 2006. This year alone, 15 successful takeoffs have already been carried out.
In addition, this was SpaceX’s first polar orbit launch at Cape Canaveral. The route is different from the traditional one and involves heading south, skirting the east coast of Florida and passing through Cuba. Typically, rockets follow a path close to the equator rather than crossing the Earth’s poles.
After launching SAOCOM 1B and two rideshare payloads to orbit, Falcon 9’s first stage returns to Earth and lands at Landing Zone 1 — completing SpaceX’s first polar orbit mission from Florida pic.twitter.com/dOeZEaKFAR
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 31, 2020
Another important fact involves the Falcon 9 used on takeoff: this was the fourth time that the same structure was used, reinforcing the company’s policy of reusing materials. The first stage rocket has successfully returned to the ground.
The main payload is a satellite from Argentina, the SAOCOM 1B, in addition to two smaller equipment. Earlier in the day, SpaceX also planned to send more components of the Starlink satellite network into space, but the launch was delayed because of unfavorable weather conditions.