News hardware This probe launched by SpaceX prepares the return of Man to the Moon
New launch from SpaceX. This time it is South Korea’s turn to call on the American Falcon 9 launcher. The objective: to launch a probe to prepare for the return of Man to the Moon.
And one more launch for SpaceX
Became the company that successfully launches the most rockets, SpaceX has just launched a new probe. This time it was South Korea that needed the Falcon 9 to send a probe to the Moon. The launch was successful and allows SpaceX to post a record of 34 missions, i.e. 1 take-off every 6.3 days. An incredible technical feat, especially for a launcher who has already taken off six times.
This is the first mission of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to the Moon. Last June the institute managed to launch a satellite into orbit with its own rocket. It is only the 11th country to do so. For the mission to the Moon, its local launcher could not be enough. Hence the fact of having called on SpaceX and its Falcon 9. It is also possible that given the partnership with the United States, SpaceX naturally imposed itself.
KARI and NASA have agreed to cooperatively create a lunar spacecraft. The launch of this probe is the first step towards a much more ambitious program. The two countries have formed a joint team of scientists. The objective is clear: return to the Moon as soon as possible, before China.
To the Moon and beyond!
The Danuri project started in 2016. The instruments were then installed in 2021 and the final tests were concluded in April 2022. On August 5, the probe was successfully launched. For precise monitoring, KARI has developed new ground-based data collection infrastructures.
SpaceX has a very important role in this mission. The American sent two recovery vessels upstream on July 31 and August 2. With a lead of 640 km, the goal is to be able to receive the probe to support it until it is put into orbit.
The Danuri probe will then make its first engine ignitions to place itself in an orbit at an altitude of 100 km. KARI has provided a margin of error of 30 km to ensure the smooth running of the mission.
The probe itself weighs just under 700kg and consists of five in-house measurement instruments, as well as a sixth from NASA. Energy level, Danuri has several engines and two solar panels to power the tools.