Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Falcon 9’s Second Stage Restart was Just as Important as Sticking the Landing |

While Falcon 9’s on-target landing garnered the most attention, it was the second stage’s performance that positions SpaceX to conduct commercial operations the way it has long intend.

PARIS — SpaceX’s successful deployment Dec. 21 of 11 Orbcomm machine-to-machine messaging satellites and the apparently clean return and landing of the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage also validated the ability of the redesigned second-stage propulsion system to restart in orbit after a coast phase, SpaceX said.

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