SpaceX is at it again with another groundbreaking satellite and rocket launch. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched at Kennedy Space Center last night carrying an NRO classified satellite.
The rocket took off in two stages. The first stage separated from the second stage just 2 minutes and 25 seconds after launch. The second stage contained the secret NRO payload. 9 minutes into the launch the first stage of the rocket returned, nailing the landing in Cape Canaveral.
Although the reason for the second stage of the launch is completely top secret, the footage of take-off and the faultless landing are exceptional.
The NRO uses satellites for global intelligence. Most recently the information gathered from the NRO services have provided the US military with damage reports following natural disasters and tracking terrorist movements.
“Launch and landing of the NRO spy satellite was good. Tough call, as high altitude wind shear was at 98.6% of the theoretical load limit.” Said Elon Musk SpaceX founder
SpaceX’s goal has been to produce rockets capable of taking-off and landing and relaunching. Recycling rocket parts could cut major costs for SpaceX. March this year, SpaceX managed to relaunch one of their reusable rockets.
SpaceX’s reputation is blasting off, like a rocket…