Stunning SpaceX launch footage shows heavy traffic at two spaceports in Florida last week.
In the middle of the photo taken on April 21, you can see a file Falcon 9 . rocket Launching a set of SpaceX’s starlink Internet satellites from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida. However, it is not the only visible missile.
To the left is something else SpaceX Falcon 9 is in final preparations for the launch of the Crew-4 mission to NASA’s International Space Station. That mission was successful Launched Four astronauts Wednesday (April 27) from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
On the right, NASA is heading to the moon Artemis 1 The mission, which features an Orion spacecraft atop a massive Space Launch System rocket. NASA was putting the Artemis 1 stack through its paces in a “wet rehearsal” test at KSC’s Pad 39B. After many loopholes, officials decided that Stack roll of pillow Monday (April 25) for further diagnostics at the nearby Vehicle Assembly Building in Kuwait City.
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NASA spent several weeks manipulating launch pads to launch missions into space. In early April, the Artemis 1 wetsuit rehearsal and launch of the Axiom Space Ax-1 special mission to the space station was briefly scheduled for hours at KSC’s adjacent launch pads, while Crew-4 waited in the wings in place. (Ax 1 Ultimate took off on April 8 amid ongoing Artemis 1 troubleshooting.)
While weather or technical issues can lead to delays and inconsistencies between launches, Kathy Luders, chief of human spaceflight at NASA, reporters In March, he said a crowded spaceport was a “good problem to have”, showing off a healthy set of missions.
The continuous lineup of missions contrasts with a decade ago, when NASA Space ship The program was the main client for the facilities of a Kuwaiti shareholding company. After the shuttle’s retirement in 2011, the take-off of the commercial space industry accelerated.
NASA and SpaceX began launching astronaut missions again from KSC in 2020, after nearly a decade of exclusive use of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which launched from Kazakhstan.