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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket takes off for the second time, launches spy satellite

SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a US intelligence satellite and also telecasted the event live. According to local time, this launch took place at 9:13 am (9:43 pm Indian time) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. For the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), this rocket is placing its NROL-85 mission in orbit. Not much information has been given about this mission.

After the launch, the first stage of the rocket has landed in the vicinity of the launch site. This is the second launch of this rocket. Earlier, this SpaceX rocket sent another intelligence satellite into orbit. The Falcon 9 rockets are proving to be much better for SpaceX. Using the same rocket multiple times for different launches reduces the cost of launch. Such rockets can prove to be important in reducing costs for future missions.

It is worth noting that the NRO is a US government agency. It is responsible for the development, construction, launch and operation of American spy satellites. These satellites provide intelligence data to 18 agencies of the US Intelligence Community and the Defense Department.

Talking about SpaceX’s recent achievements, last week it also launched the first private mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with the help of Houston-based startup Axiom Space. Under this mission, four people flew in space. These were all private crew. This was the first time a private mission was launched to the ISS. The private crew also includes former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. He led the crew. He has flown into space four times. This private mission, named Ax-1, was welcomed by the Expedition 67 crew on the ISS.

The US space agency NASA expects that the International Space Station will be free of its service by the year 2031. It is believed that the station which will take its place will be owned by a private company. All the four astronauts in space under the Axiom space mission will stay in orbit for about 10 days.

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