SpaceX reusable rocket lands back perfectly well
SpaceX has done what many thought would not be possible so early for the company as it had suffered many disappointing losses in the last several month. Elon Musk launched rocket took along with it not just 11 satellites, it put them into orbit and then made a historical turnaround and landed at the barge in exactly the same condition as SpaceX scientists wanted it to land.
This is not a small projectile that could have been maneuvered easily but a massive 15-story booster. There is no denying the fact that bringing it back and then landing it right was something that many thought was impossible. It is the first time that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX successfully recovered a rocket from an orbital flight.
SpaceX scientists seem to be on the cloud nine. As the rocket came to rest on its landing pad, a SpaceX webcast commentator confirmed, “The Falcon has landed,” drawing an eruption of applause from those gathered at the based private space flight company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the top commander at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, was quoted by a news agency as saying that the returning booster “placed the exclamation mark on 2015.” He goes on to add, â€œThis was a first for us at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and I can’t even begin to describe the excitement the team feels right now having been a part of this historic first-stage rocket landingâ€.
This will change a lot about the space enterprise as a whole. There is no denying the fact that right now rockets worth millions get lost in space after the payload is launched. Spacex has suffered a spate of losses. In 2014, the Falcon 9 had exploded two minutes after launch, destroying millions of dollars worth cargo and equipment because of a defect in the strut. The latest model of the spaceship namely Falcon 9 v1.2 is 229.6 feet tall and has the ability to produce 1.7 million pounds of thrust. It is also able to carry more fuel, and the rocket booster has been upgraded. In Monday’s flight, before turning back, the rocket had achieved a height of 125 miles.