Watch: SpaceX's Falcon9 Makes Fastest Drone Ship Landing Yet

Friday, 06 May 2016 - 11:08AM
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Friday, 06 May 2016 - 11:08AM
Watch: SpaceX's Falcon9 Makes Fastest Drone Ship Landing Yet
After several explosive failed attempts, SpaceX finally landed their Falcon 9 rocket onto a robotic ship last month, in a historic achievement that heralded a new era of re-usable rockets. Now, SpaceX has not only replicated that success, but has made their fastest landing yet, which is a great sign for the future of space travel:


Where the last successful mission was carrying a re-supply payload to the ISS, this rocket was carrying a communications satellite into space. As a result, it was a more difficult landing, as the rocket was in geostationary transfer orbit, which required greater velocities and exposed the rocket to more heat upon re-entry. SpaceX itself called a repeat success "unlikely" in light of these factors, but the Falcon 9 landed once again on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, this time even faster than before.

This could mean that regularly re-using rockets is more feasible in the near future than we thought, which would be a huge boon for space exploration. This will greatly reduce the costs and risks associated with rocket launches, and could change the landscape of the space travel industry to the point that SpaceX calls it "the key to making human life multi-planetary."
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