SpaceX Successfully Lands Its Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket – Again

Elon Musk's space exploration company just completed another "hot and fast" rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.



After a number of unsuccessful endeavors and two extremely successful post-launch rocket landings (both on solid ground and on an unmanned ship in the sea), business magnate Elon Musk’s SpaceX has pulled off another victory by landing its reusable Flacon 9 rocket on an unmanned ship in the sea.

The rocket landed intact on the company's autonomous landing barge "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean, after deploying a Japanese communications satellite in a very high orbit above Earth. Because of the satellite’s destination in the geostationary transfer orbit, the company, on Monday, said the rocket would be “subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing unlikely.”

However, the CEO upgraded the odds of the mission’s success to “maybe even” just before the launch on Friday.


It is certainly a big win for the space exploration company that aims to land on Mars by 2018.

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Post-launch recovery is an important step for SpaceX, since it hopes to land and reuse as many Falcon 9 rockets as possible. Although if it wants to perfect the landings, the company is going to need a bigger place to put all the rockets, because, apparently its hangar is running out of space.


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