DEC 21, 2015 8:51 PM PST

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Lands Shortly After Launching Satellites

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Things just got really serious in space travel. Jeff Bezos’ recent Blue Origin reusable rocket launch and landing that was a success has been met by its first competitor: SpaceX’s modified Falcon 9 reusable rocket.
 
The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral location on Monday to deliver a total of 11 satellites into Earth’s orbit for Orbcomm, Inc. Shortly after, the reusable rocket fell back to Earth and stabilized itself to make a safe and controlled landing right back in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
 
Exactly like the Blue Origin rocket, the SpaceX Falcon 9 landed upright in a safe position.
 
Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and billionaire, shared the following image of the Falcon 9 blasting off from his Twitter account on Monday:  


It’s the second time that a reusable rocket has successfully touched down in this way, but it’s the first time that SpaceX has achieved it after much research and a couple of failed attempts.
 
Despite coming in at number two, however, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed to penetrate much deeper into space before returning to Earth to make a soft landing than Blue Origin’s New Sheapard rocket is, so it does earn some brownie points even though it wasn’t the first to do it.
 
With reusable rockets becoming a possible alternative to one-time-use rockets, the costs of sending supplies and equipment into space has the potential to drop significantly and allow for more missions.
 
As The Verge points out about some of the costs Musk has publicized, it costs SpaceX about $16,000,000 to build and prepare a Falcon 9 rocket and then it costs $200,000 to fill it with fuel needed to break free of the Earth’s atmosphere and return safely. By making these rockets reusable, that’s $16,000,000 in savings the next time we want to send something (or someone) to space.

Those savings are more than worth exploring the future of reusable rockets, and will go a long way, especially when space agencies are restricted to tight budgets by their governing bodies.
 


 

Source: The Verge

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
FEB 09, 2020
Space & Astronomy
NASA's Christina Koch Returns From Space After Shattering Records
FEB 09, 2020
NASA's Christina Koch Returns From Space After Shattering Records
NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a new record at the end of 2019 when she spent more consecutive days in space than any ...
FEB 11, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why China Was Banned from the International Space Station
FEB 11, 2020
Why China Was Banned from the International Space Station
The International Space Station is just that – a place where international space agencies can work together in an ...
APR 12, 2020
Space & Astronomy
NASA Attaches Autonomous Helicopter to Perseverance Rover
APR 12, 2020
NASA Attaches Autonomous Helicopter to Perseverance Rover
Those paying any attention to NASA’s periodic updates during these past several weeks should have perceived what s ...
APR 20, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Here's How the ESA's CHEOPS Mission Works
APR 20, 2020
Here's How the ESA's CHEOPS Mission Works
Exoplanetary detections have exploded exponentially since the first discovery of one by Swedish astronomers in 1995. The ...
JUN 14, 2020
Space & Astronomy
SpaceX Launches First Rideshare Mission with Great Success
JUN 14, 2020
SpaceX Launches First Rideshare Mission with Great Success
If you’ve been following SpaceX, then you’d know that the commercial space company has been launching quite ...
JUN 30, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Axion: Could the Curious Particle "Kill Two Birds with One Stone"
JUN 30, 2020
Axion: Could the Curious Particle "Kill Two Birds with One Stone"
Physicists often ponder in an unusual way: they use one unsolved problem as a hypothetic solution to another, hoping to ...
Loading Comments...