SpaceX has done it once again. It has landed its Falcon 9 rocket at sea after the launch of Japanese communications satellite JCSAT-14 last night.
This is the second time in a row in less than a month’s time span that SpaceX has achieved the impossible. It has landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a pad at sea. The lengthy spacecraft landed very gingerly on SpaceX’s robotic droneship.
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This occurred exactly nine minutes after its launch from Cape Canaveral. The mission was a huge success and it is hoped there will be more similar projects in the future. The Japanese communications satellite JCSAT-14 was put in orbit around the earth. SpaceX hosted live webcast of the launch and landing.
Loud outbursts of “USA!” emerged from the throats of the staff at SpaceX headquarters. The site of the landing was the Atlantic Ocean.
As for the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, he just tweeted the exclamation “Woohoo!” which showed his level of excitement and enthusiasm.
A similar landing took place last month on the same spot. That also came under the rubric of SpaceX. SpaceX staff were cynical about the success of the current mission. Yet after they saw for themselves that it was a cinch, their elation knew no bounds.
The landing of Falcon 9 rockets is a precarious procedure at best and an impossibility when seen from a layperson’s perspective. The level of coordination and cooperation necessary to carry out the operation is very stressful and requires careful expertise.
Yet it is a success today and it was all due to the dedication and effort of the hardworking staff not to mention the guidance of the administration. Up until now at least three such landings at sea have proven fruitful.
Rocket reentry is a lot faster and hotter than last time, so odds of making it are maybe even, but we should learn a lot either way— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2016
Meanwhile, Elon Musk has given instructions regarding the enlargement of the storage hangars where the Falcon 9 rockets are kept.
May need to increase size of rocket storage hangar— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2016
Yeah, this was a three engine landing burn, so triple deceleration of last flight. That's important to minimize gravity losses.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2016
The biggest evolutionary step is the launching of reusable rockets. This slashes costs to the extent that space travel becomes a dirtcheap procedure. Spaceflight could be made a hundred times cheaper thanks to this methodology. Tomorrow, mankind may land on Mars thanks to these economical space voyages. This would literally revolutionize the system and streamline it beyond our wildest dreams.
Besides SpaceX, Blue Origin which is Jeff Bezos’ space company, has also managed to land its rockets at sea. The two firms are each others rivals in the field. However, there is no animosity between them at all. It is just a bit of healthy competition that is going on here.
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