Daring Landing of a Rocket on a Drone Ship

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For the first time SpaceX successfully lands its Rocket on a floating barge

It’s the second successful landing attempt by the company though.

Mfame reported last month about the Space X Rocket that Hard Landed On A Drone Ship

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Today’s success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX, as it shows the company can land its rockets both on solid ground and ocean.

On Sunday morning, SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space.  The employees at SpaceX, which earlier had made four unsuccessful sea landing attempts, went wild, thrilled at pulling off yet another feat.  Today’s success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX, as it shows the company can land its rockets both on solid ground and ocean.

At a news conference after the launch on Friday, CEO Elon Musk said SpaceX plans to launch every two to three weeks later in the year to clear the backlog of commercial and government launch orders.

And it will continue to try to perfect the art of the first-stage landing, either on the drone ship, as it calls its autonomous boat, or at its landing zone on the cape.

“We’ll be successful, ironically, when it becomes boring,” Musk said.  “When it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, another landing. No news there.’” He added.

SpaceX saves money on launch costs as most rockets are destroyed after they launch into space.  That  means entirely new rockets need to be built for each space mission.  SpaceX hopes to recover as many rockets as possible to cut down on cost of creating new vehicles. The Falcon 9 costs $60 million to make and only $200,000 to fuel.

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Source: The Verge

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