The company has today ticked off this significant milestone, after its Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a satellite into orbit for South Korea.
The large communications satellite was launched on behalf of Lockheed Martin and its client, South Korea. The company built the Anasis-2 with the Eurostar E3000 satellite bus. The company's success in developing reusable rocket technology turned an uncompetitive industry and many of its competitors, As the legacy rocket builder United Launch Alliance and newcomer Blue Origin, they are trying to create their own reusable vehicles. According to Spaceflight Now, SpaceX's previous fastest turnaround time for a rocket was 62 days.
Maybe the most notable facet of Monday's launch is that, if thriving, it would crack the firm's document for turnaround time for a Falcon 9 rocket to start with stage.
The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida is scheduled for 2 p.m. California time. The time between Demo-2 and ANASIS-II, if launched on Monday, will be just 51 days.
A NASA spokesman said that while mission planners are closely watching weather forecasts, the date for the two astronauts return trip may be delayed. It was the booster applied to produce NASA astronauts to the ISS in May possibly.
The fairing, a two-piece protective cover that goes around cargo being shot off into Space aboard the launch vehicle, is no cheap contraption to develop and make.
On launch day, the countdown begins 38 minutes before liftoff, when the SpaceX launch director gives the go for propellant load.
The nosecone of the Falcon 9 splits in half to deliver its payloads. For years, the company has routinely recovered the boosters: After the first-stage spends most of its fuel, it detaches from the rocket's second stage and then steers itself back to an upright landing on seafaring platforms or a ground pad. This is because as opposed to the Falcon 9 booster, these fairing halves are not controlled by the company on their decent, and are slowed down by the use of parachutes.