SpaceX Rocket Falcon 9 Launch, Landing Test Delayed Due to Overcast Sky
This is something that no one actually thought was possible. Private space agency Spacex is not just planning to return booster to a barge, it want to manage it intact and upright position. The company is working on plans to come out with fully reusable rocket but it knows that it is almost impossible till it masters the return of the booster.
It would have done it yesterday but SpaceX had to actually postpone its mission to International Space Station. The Dragon cargo capsuleâ€™s launch had to be aborted in the final moments due to predicted heavy rains.
Latest report from the private space company claims that the two-stage Falcon 9 was all set to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:33 p.m. ET Monday. But before the countdown began, dark clouds completely darkened the sky. They came too close, just 10 nautical miles of the launch pad and the launch was to be aborted as it was actually in violation of flight rules.
Spacex is trying to bring the cost of launching payloads to space down by developing a fully reusable rocket. There are reasons to believe that the company is sure it can manage it thus becoming the first space company in the world to manage it. It is sure that its booster will actually settle onto the barge for a soft landing, upright and intact. The last time it was tried, it fell on the barge, but not just ended it mangled condition, it also destroyed the barge too.
A report in Christian Science Monitor says, â€œIn principle, fully reusable rockets could dramatically cut the cost of sending payloads into space. Spaceflight advocates have argued that dramatically cutting the cost of reaching Earth orbit could open near-Earth space to a host of commercial activities, from company or consortium R&D labs and manufacturing sites to orbiting resorts whose espresso cafes offer stunning views for more than a handful of government-employed astronautsâ€.