On Friday, December 18, the Soyuz 2.1b rocket was launched from the Vostochny – Russian spaceport spaceport in the far east of the country in the Amur. There was a payload of 36 OneWeb satellites on board the rocket, which is similar in concept to Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband service.
When the Russian space agency Roscosmos launches rockets, four amplifiers fall out after a few minutes, and soon after, the second phase of “Block A” follows.
As rockets mostly fall ashore in the largest country on the planet, Roscosmos has established fall zones into which rockets can safely fall.
The difficulty of launching from Russia is that conditions are well below zero, which means that Roscosmos has to contend with time and land during launch.
The head of the Russian space agency Dmitry Rogozin claimed that the “gentle” SpaceX could not do what Roscosmos does.
SpaceX is usually launched from California and Florida, as well as from its shipyards in Boca Chica, South Texas, where the weather is almost always perfect.
Mr Rogozin said on Facebook: “This is not Boca Chica. This is Yakutia, and it’s in the winter.
“The security management budget for the OneWeb 42 mission was set two days before yesterday’s launch. Temperature – minus 52 ° C.
“Launch temperature limits for Union-2-minus 40 degrees.
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“Yes, landing this phase in the middle of the ocean on a tiny target is much easier than hauling a truck with tents just to keep track of where this part of the rocket crashes.”
Twitter user David Willis said, “Would it be worthwhile to put parachutes on the ship to try recovery and reuse?”
This is not the first time that Mr. Rogozin has swung in SpaceX.
In 2014, he said the U.S. could “deliver its astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline” – a reference to how the U.S. has had to rely on Russian spacecraft to launch astronauts into space since 2011.