New Video by SpaceX Shows Rocket Nose Cone Popping Off in Space
SpaceX has shared a video of its Falcon 9 rocket popping off its nose cone after its recent launch into orbit to deliver 60 more Starlink satellites.
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Most rocket launches these days experience payload fairing separation — when the shell-like nose cone pops off the rocket. But the one that SpaceX recently shared on YouTube is slightly different.
The SpaceX video captures the precise moment of the separation of the payload fairing from the rocket. It's an exciting view.
In the video you see the two halves of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket's fairing pulling apart from the booster's upper stage during its recent launch for its Starlink mission.
The mission sent up 60 Starlink satellites on June 3 from the Space Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with 60 more being deployed tomorrow, June 13th.
It's a short, but exhilarating, nine-second clip that unveils the towering stack of Starlink satellites once the fairings have separated from the rocket. You then catch an ethereal glimpse of Earth's atmosphere with blueish hues in the background.