The space company SpaceX has planned to conduct a total of three launches in the span of just four days. The latest mission to space will take place on December 18, 2021; the mission consists of launching a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will carry the Turksat 5B communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator.
Before the launch, the SpaceX team needs to make sure that every process leading to the launch is up to the mark and that they do not encounter any technical glitches while doing so. Technical glitches in the past have postponed many launches for SpaceX.
Before the December 18 launch took place, SpaceX tweeted that the static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket had been concluded without any problems. The tweet reads, “Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting Saturday, December 18 at 1:24 a.m. PT for the launch of 52 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from California.”
The launch of the Falcon 9 will be from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The previous Falcon 9 that took flight blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. SpaceX will send yet another Dragon Capsule loaded with supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station next week on December 21, 2021.
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SpaceX has already shipped over 100,000 Starlink internet terminals, and the company is aiming to provide high-speed internet access to any location by implementing this. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes that Starlink will be one of the key revenue sources for his company so that he can fund sending humans to Mars.
Likewise, SpaceX has begun the construction of the second Starship orbital launch at the Cape, and the new launchpad will continue to be a part of the existing Kennedy Space Center of NASA.