SpaceX Succeeds with Historic Sea Landing   Leave a comment

After failing in its four previous attempts, private spaceflight company SpaceX finally achieved their longstanding goal of landing their Falcon 9 rocket booster on a barge at sea off the Florida coast.

Although the company had successfully brought the rocket back to Earth in one piece via a land arrival back in December, the preferred marine return has eluded them over the past year.

The company had previously lost four rockets which attempted the marine landing, but failed due to a variety of engineering and atmospheric miscues.

However, with Friday’s successful sea landing, SpaceX looks to continue refining their reusable rocket technology, which experts believe will ultimately revolutionize space travel by drastically reducing expenses.

Incredibly, should the reusable rocket concept prove to be sustainable, a SpaceX official expressed hope that the company could be launching into space every two weeks by the end of the year.

Beyond the historic landing at sea, Friday’s mission also set the stage for another first due to a unique portion of its payload: the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, an innovative habitat which will be attached to the ISS and could be a glimpse of how future humans will live in space.

So while we may not be walking on Mars just yet, the history-making events of this week serve as testament to the old adage that sometimes the journey is just as thrilling as the destination.



















Posted April 10, 2016 by markosun in Space, Technology

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