Any Landing You Can Walk Away From…

SpaceX successfully “soft”  landed its Falcon-9 rocket under control.

Demo

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.

Image credit: Bezos Expeditions

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.

Boost stage and legs

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 –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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