Recently, Elon Musk’s SpaceX had launched 24 satellites in 3 separate orbits of the planet earth. The launch had taken place on June 24, 2019 at 11:30 P.M Eastern Time from Kennedy Space Center of NASA. SpaceX had broadcasted the launch live, 20 minutes before the rocket propulsion.
First satellite got deployed 12 minutes after the launch took place; the mission lasted for around 4 hours. During the launch, SpaceX used side boosters which had been used in previous launch. The joint venture between American Department of Defense and SpaceX is one of its kinds. It was the first time when DoD had used Falcon rocket. Moreover, SpaceX had deployed several satellites in various earths’ orbital for the very first time.
Prior the launch, through his personal account Elon Musk had tweeted that the present launch will be the most difficult for the company. The satellite launch program includes upper stage engine’s ignition. During the mission DoD as well as SpaceX had partnered with non-for-profits, NASA universities and NOAA.
During the launch, SpaceX also placed DSX satellite in the earths’ orbital. DSX will monitor effects which are caused due to solar radiation on the earths’ medium orbit and about harmful effects of radiation on various electrical components. Falcon rocket of SpaceX is also set to launch LightSail 2 which is made after crowd funding. This satellite has the capability to propel due to light of the sun.
David Spencer said that solar sailing will provide scientists an opportunity to increase the orbital altitude. During a press meet Bill Nye said that solar sailing will bring revolution and due to LightSail 2’s decedents there is a probability that scientists can visit a star in near future. Falcon heavy rockets will also undertake the launch of Oculus-ASR nanosatellites, the main task of these satellites is to thoroughly monitor a spacecraft when it is placed in the orbit.