With the launch of SpaceX’s 100 mission this Tuesday morning to take a batch of 58 Starlink satellites to Space, the company broke yet another record: the greatest number of times a rocket has been reused. The first stage of the Falcon 9 has already flown and has been recovered six times.
According to SpaceX, the production of a new first stage of Falcon 9 represents up to 60% of the cost of a launch. Therefore, reuse is crucial to the company’s strategy of making access to the space cheaper.
Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, revealed on Twitter that the company broke yet another world record during tests of the Raptor engine. The businessman released a photo of the component and a graph showing that it reached 330 bar pressure in the main combustion chamber and remained intact. The previous record was for an orbital class rocket from the Soviet Union: in 1980, it reached between 290 and 300 bar with the RD-701 engine.
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