On July 22, 2014, Space X released an amazing new video of the first stage of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket making a soft ocean splashdown as planned after carrying its payload into space.
The video shows the rocket stage returning to Earth in a controlled landing after launching commercial satellites from Florida on July 14.
While the booster was not intact, SapceX considers the reusability test a big success.
Why is this reusability concept a big deal?
In one word, costs . . .
Simply put, if spaceflight is going to move beyond science fiction or special NASA events, then costs have to be brought way down.
Space X’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has said that reusable launch systems cold slash costs by a factor of 100.
To this end, Space X has put a large focus on rapidly reusable rockets.
“At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment.” “We will attempt our next water landing on flight 13 of Falcon 9, but with a low probability of success. Flights 14 and 15 will attempt to land on a solid surface with an improved probability of success.”
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