On Wednesday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has landed back on Earth after two failed attempts at launch.
The Falcon 9 landed “nicely vertical” in the Atlantic Ocean after carrying the Deep Space Climate Observatory to space. SpaceX had to scrap their plans to test land the reusable rocket for the second time on a barge off the coast of Florida due to stormy seas.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk went on Twitter to report that they would instead try to land the rocket on water even if its chances of surviving was less than one percent.
The good news out of all these is that there is now a high probability that the rocket can land on a droneship when stormy weather is not a factor.
Rocket soft landed in the ocean within 10m of target & nicely vertical! High probability of good droneship landing in non-stormy weather.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
Check out the Falcon 9’s view as it landed back to Earth.
SpaceX is once again attempting to launch and land its Falcon 9 rocket at 3:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. ET).
The launch has proven to be the easy part, it’s the landing that SpaceX has yet to master. Here’s a Vine from the company’s first landing attempt:
The first landing attempt reportedly failed when the rocket’s wings ran out of hydraulic fluid.
On this mission, the Falcon 9 will release the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite and return to Earth to hopefully land safely on a barge off the coast of Florida, according to the Verge.
According to the SpaceX website, the Falcon 9 is “a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.”
It is the first rocket to be fully developed in the 21st century.
SpaceX has made a total of three flights to the space station, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA.
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