Part of SpaceX made Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on a floating drone ship at the sea amid loud cheers on Friday afternoon.
The rocket then returned from space and landed on the ship upright. Four similar attempts in the past had met with failure, though a similar landing on solid ground in December had met with success.
Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration. — President Obama (@POTUS) April 8, 2016
Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration.
— President Obama (@POTUS) April 8, 2016
While landing on the ground requires more fuel for the rocket because of the parabolic distance from the ground to the space. A rocket has to cover this distance on its way back, because you cannot simply let your rocket land on hostile territory!
Reusable rockets will be the new thing. Currently, all rockets that go into space are either destroyed or lost forever. A single Falcon 9 rocket costs $60 million to make and burns $200,000 worth of fuel.
According to reports, the company expects to bring down the launch cost by as much as 30 per cent, which will directly benefit those who wish to avail of SpaceX’s services.