Thursday, May 05, 2016

SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

Although I delayed publishing this article, I think it is still of extreme interest to those who did not see film of the actual landing 

Apr 8, 2016

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space . It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure. Today's success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX, as it shows the company can land its rockets both on solid ground and ocean.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rumbled into the skies over Florida’s Space Coast on April 6th, lifting the Dragon spacecraft into orbit for its return to the International Space Station for its first mission after a launch failure in 2015.

Falcon 9, successfully completing its primary mission of sending Dragon on its way, again attempted a landing of its first stage on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in SpaceX’s ongoing endeavors to perfect a booster recovery at sea. Returning to the Atlantic from the edge space and over five times the speed of sound, the booster came in on target and touched down on the drone ship, remaining upright to put the exclamation point on another milestone achieved by SpaceX.

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