BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Elon Musk plans on starting the year with a bang, as SpaceX will attempt a rocket launch this Sunday along with an epic landing that failed on its first test last year. There’s no quitting, and the company is not leaving anything up to chance. Every bit, feature, and situation will be tested.
On Sunday, January 17th, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch into the atmosphere with the Jason-3 satellite on board. This is the fourth mission of a U.S.-France partnership for the purpose of properly tracking down the state of our oceans. The satellite will measure wind speeds, ocean depths, and several other factors that will aid for both weather forecasting and climate monitoring.
The important piece of equipment will blast off aboard the Falcon 9 after passing tests with flying colors on January 11th. The static test fire took place at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, it “looks good”. Hopefully, the positive results will reflect on Sunday’s launch where the satellite created by CNES and JPL will reach its destination safely.
However, SpaceX is not stopping there with its experiments. Once Jason-3 is there, they will make another epic landing attempt on a barge in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Such a test has been performed before with disappointing results. Back in January and April, 2015, the company attempted the epic barge landing and the experiment failed. The rocket tipped over and eventually exploded before it could stabilize itself straight onto the platform.
Since then, they have made excellent strides at improving and showing off great testing. On December 21st, 2015, SpaceX managed to successfully land a rocket on land, thus bringing in the new age of reusable rockets. The concept alone was exciting, and the company proved it’s also possible. The exceptional effort and discovery could potentially save the U.S. millions of dollars that would’ve been invested in building new rockets each time.
While they have found excellent success, SpaceX is not ready to give up. They will make another attempt at landing the rocket on a barge. Perhaps second time’s the charm.
It does seem odd that they will be risking another failure, considering they have successfully already landed a rocket on land. Their technology is more than capable. So, why take the risk of making the more epic attempt again? According to Elon Musk, it’s a matter of being prepared. Ship landings are required for high velocity missions, and they will be making sure that no circumstance is too dangerous.
It may be attributed to Musk’s daredevil ways or to excellent precaution. It’s the company’s hopes that the test will not end in failure, as did the one before it.
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