SpaceX Plans to Make History from NASA’s Most Famous Launchpad
SpaceX plans to make history from the world’s most famous launch pad. Elon Musk’s rocket company has taken over Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
39A is the place where the first Saturn V rocket left for the moon in 1969. It is also the place where the space shuttles were launched. The last space shot fired off there was the final flight of the Space Shuttle on July 8, 2011.
SpaceX leased 39A in 2014 and Musk plans to use it to launch his Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, The Verge reported. The Falcon Heavy is the giant rocket that’s supposed to take SpaceX to Mars.
The next launch scheduled for February 18, is a resupply mission for the International Space Station. That is supposed to be the start of a far greater launch schedule.
SpaceX Plans to Launch a Rocket Every Two Weeks
SpaceX is planning to launch a rocket every two to three weeks in 2017, the company’s President Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters.
The speeded up launch schedule is needed because SpaceX has a backlog of customers because of last year’s explosion at Cape Canaveral. Reuters reported that SpaceX has a backlog of 70 missions worth $10 billion. Launches have been delayed because of reports of cracking in parts of the Falcon’s Merlin rocket engines.
SpaceX is supposed to start taking NASA astronauts back into space in 2018. That is supposed to be the first step in Musk’s plans to create a colony on Mars. One has to wonder if Musk will launch the first mission to Mars from the place where men left for the moon.
History is about to be made from Launch Complex 39A again. Hopefully the history will be a series of successful launches that form the back bone of Musk’s proposed freight train to Mars, and not another space tragedy.https://geekcrunch.reviews/spacex-plans-make-history-nasas-famous-launchpad/https://i1.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/23165726172_69b6d96f85_k.jpg?fit=1024%2C581&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/23165726172_69b6d96f85_k.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Innovation39A,Elon Musk’s rocket company,Falcon 9,Falcon Heavy,Freight Train to Mars,Gwynne Shotwell,Launch Complex 39A,NASA’s Most Famous Launchpad,SpaceX,SpaceX Plans to Launch a Rocket Every Two Weeks,SpaceX Plans to Make HistorySpaceX plans to make history from the world’s most famous launch pad. Elon Musk’s rocket company has taken over Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. 39A is the place where the first Saturn V rocket left for the moon in 1969. It is also the place where the...Daniel JenningsDaniel Jennings[email protected]AuthorGeek Crunch Reviews