SpaceX Makes History With Launch And Landing Of First Used Rocket

Posted: Mar 31 2017, 8:54am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 31 2017, 9:01am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
SpaceX Makes History With Launch and Landing of First Used Rocket
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on March 30, 2017, with an SES communications satellite. SpaceX blasted off a recycled rocket for the first time on, using a booster that had previously flown cargo to the astronauts living at the International Space Station. Photo Credit: BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
  • SpaceX Successfully Launches and Lands First Used Rocket

SpaceX has successfully launched and landed its reusable Falcon 9 rocket thereby making history in the process.

After two years of a hiatus, SpaceX has launched one if its Falcon 9 rockets into space. This rocket took off from Cape Canaveral and landed on one of the drone ships of SpaceX in the Atlantic Ocean.

This particular rocket has launched and landed before this so that would make it a reusable rocket. Such a thing has never happened before and now that it is a possibility, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a reason to celebrate his agency’s victory.

Elon Musk was absolutely jubilant on the occasion. He commented on the situation on the company’s livestream video by saying that “It means you can fly and refly an orbital class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is going to be, ultimately, a huge revolution in spaceflight.”

A very important milestone had been reached. This project had been in the pipeline since the year 2011. Until now, most orbital rockets were discarded once they had done their job of entering space and returning to earth.

What this meant was that a brand new spanking rocket would cost millions of dollars. This was a risky and thankless endeavor. Yet now, the rockets may be launched and landed several times in a row.

Thus a great deal of money may be saved this way. However, it must be said that SpaceX does not save the entire rocket. It only saves the first stage. It is the first stage that, a few minutes after lift-off, separates from the rest and it is the part that returns to earth.

Previously, SpaceX had launched and landed its rockets some 13 times. Eight of these operations were a success. To reuse rockets is something which has been attempted for the first time though.

Today’s mission of a reusable Falcon 9 rocket showed quite clearly that what was thought to be a hindrance in the past is not such an obstacle today.

This rocket is all set to be launched and landed for a third time now. This journey was a long time in the making. It took a decade and a half to reach the technological sophistication needed to accomplish this tricky maneuver.

A great many difficulties had to be overcome before it was even possible on paper. While today’s launch and landing was a historic event, it was something which the staff and administration of SpaceX were able to do as a part of their everyday duties.

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