Spacex Land On The Barge

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure.

On May 6, 2016, SpaceX landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 on OCISLY during the JCSat-14 mission, its second time successfully landing on a drone ship at sea, and its first time recovering a booster from a high-velocity (GTO) mission.

SpaceX lands its rocket on a barge: Elon Musk confirms Falcon touched down but tipped over in groundbreaking experiment. SpaceX made its third attempt to land a booster on an ocean platform

Over the past year, SpaceX has tried and failed to land the first-stage booster of its Falcon 9 rocket twice on a drone barge in the ocean. (And on its third try, the rocket blew up on launch, which, yeah.) This time, SpaceX managed to land its rocket on a landing pad on Cape Canaveral, Florida. Being able to reuse the booster could help cut launch costs in the future.

[Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch and Landing Try for CRS-8 Mission] This was the fifth attempt in 15 months by SpaceX to land one of its rocket boosters on a drone ship; in each of the previous four tries, the rocket reached the ship successfully, but failed to stick the landing. During today's landing, SpaceX staff members crowded around the company's control room, and let out a roar of applaus when the rocket booster touched down.

Two weeks ago, SpaceX achieved a major milestone by landing the first stage of an orbital rocket on a floating barge 320 km (200 miles) off the Florida coast. Yes, they landed a rocket on a floating barge.

SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 on land at Cape Canaveral after it completed a commercial satellite launch mission, but nailing one of the company's novel drone barge sea landings would mark another historic first.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 sets its orientation correctly to land itself on the floating barge (seen at the very bottom of the photo). SpaceX Eight minutes and 35 seconds after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched into space, the first stage booster came back to Earth and successfully landed ...

SpaceX made history on Friday after successfully landing its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean. Images of the tall, narrow rocket gliding down onto a droneship sparked applause and screams of joy at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. It was its fifth attempt at landing ...

While SpaceX has already demonstrated two successful soft water landings, executing a precision landing on an unanchored ocean platform is significantly more challenging. The odds of success are not great—perhaps 50% at best. However this test represents the first in a series of similar tests that will ultimately deliver a fully reusable Falcon 9 first stage.

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