Space X Lands Rocket on Ocean Platform for Second Time!

Space X Lands Rocket on Ocean Platform for Second Time!

Remedies Jackson, Writer

For the second month in a row, the aerospace company, SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday morning, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite.

A live online broadcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically in the darkness atop a barge in the Atlantic, just off the coast of Florida. The same landing occurred on April 8 during a space station supply run for NASA. That was the first successful landing at sea for SpaceX, which expects to start reusing its unmanned Falcon rockets as early as this summer to save money and lower costs, which also means a lower in taxes that are being spent to make these rockets.

Because of the high altitude needed for this mission, SpaceX did not expect a successful landing, But they were wrong as their craft landed in a clean manner did notdidnt harm anyone. As the launch commentator happily declared, “The Falcon has landed.” SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk was even more excited.”May need to increase size of rocket storage hangar,” he tweeted.Elon Musk said this was a three-engine burn for the booster’s return, “so triple deceleration from the last flight.” Before liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he put the chances of a successful touchdown at “maybe even” because the rocket was coming in a lot faster and hotter than last time.Musk says that he feels that rocket reusability is key to shaving launch costs and making space more accessible.SpaceX is the only company to recover a rocket following an orbital launch. It achieved its first booster landing on solid ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station back in December. A landing at sea proved more elusive and required several tries. For more information go to

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk was even more excited.”May need to increase size of rocket storage hangar,” he tweeted. Elon Musk said this was a three-engine burn for the booster’s return, “so triple deceleration from the last flight.” Before liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he put the chances of a successful touchdown at “maybe even” because the rocket was coming in a lot faster and hotter than last time.

Musk says that he feels that rocket reusability is key to shaving launch costs and making space more accessible. SpaceX is the only company to recover a rocket following an orbital launch. It achieved its first booster landing on solid ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station back in December. A landing at sea proved more elusive and required several tries.

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