The SpaceX company sent a Falcon rocket into space this Saturday with a spy satellite classified by the National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral, in central Florida (USA), in its last launch of 2020.
The call NROL-108 mission It had been canceled last Thursday due to a technical failure, but it was successfully carried out today at the beginning of the three-hour time window that began at 9:00 local time (14:00 GMT) from platform 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center. .
About eight minutes later, Falcon 9's first stage returned to Earth's surface and landed safely in Zone 1 of the space complex, while its second stage continues with the mission.
The tycoon Elon Musk's company stressed that on this occasion "All systems and weather were fine."
Last Thursday SpaceX canceled the mission it had scheduled for that day due to a high pressure problem in the liquid oxygen tank of the upper stage.
Today's was a successful launch, explained Andy Tran, SpaceX production supervisor, during the live broadcast in which he highlighted that it is the last release of this year.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 had already flown before, including twice on commercial resupply missions from SpaceX to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.
Also during a starlink release, a satellite network with which SpaceX intends to provide high-speed internet to users anywhere in the world.
Similarly for Saocom 1B, a launch operation to take a classified spy satellite into Argentine space.
This year's Saocom 1B mission was the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral since 1969 to fly south to deploy its payload in a high-tilt orbit.