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SpaceX launches satellite: 4th successful landing of Falcon 9 — Followiot, #spacex, #falcon9
Date: May 1, 2017
SpaceX makes the 4th successful landing of Falcon 9 after launching a military satellite into orbit after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The NROL-76 is a spy satellite commissioned by the National Reconnaissance Office and the first mission SpaceX has done for the US Military since receiving its certification by the Air Force in 2015. As a top secret national security launch, not much is known about the purpose launch or the satellite.
“I would be comfortable with flying with a reused booster,” Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, said at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this month, according to Florida Today. “They’ve proven they can do it. It’s going to get us to lower cost; it’s going to get us to being able to get satellites in orbit. That’s why they bring the boosters back. I think we’d be hard-pressed to say we’re not going to do it. We would embrace that.”
This is another historic moment as SpaceX continues to demonstrate reusable rockets by returning them back to earth after launch. CEO Elon Musk has challenged the SpaceX team earlier last month to make-ready a first stage rocket for flight as little as 24 hours.