SpaceX successfully “soft” landed its Falcon-9 rocket under control.
The Falcon-9 vehicle was launched from Cape Canaveral last week and used its engines to slow its fall, and then deployed a set of legs for the final part of the “soft” landing.
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Traditionally, first stage rockets have been discarded and are not re-usable.
“No-one has ever soft-landed a liquid-rocket boost-stage before,” said SpaceX chief designer Elon Musk. “I think this bodes well for achieving reusability.
If the first stage can be re-used, the cost of space flight could be dramatically reduced. The first-stage of a Falcon-9 is about 70% of a flight’s $60m price tag.
I just remember all those Sci-Fi movies I watched where the rockets take of and land like this all the time. It seems to be a little bit closer to reality now.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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