Elon Musk and his Falcon 9 have successfully landed on an autonomous drone after failing the previous two times to launch and navigate it way back to Earth; this time around it was successful in its mission. Yesterday the Falcon 9 went into space, separated successfully and was guided by its navigation system onto the landing site in Florida. This achievement in space flight marks the beginning of the orbital economy aiming to cut back launch costs of future space programs. In the rockets’ third attempt it landed on a landing site near SpaceX’s processing facilities in Florida.
The other two times the landing resulted in explosion of the booster itself and breaking one of its two legs causing it to tip over. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deployed 11 satellites into orbit and then was guided back to Earth. The first launch of this Falcon 9 rocket originated from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the first time in the history of space voyage since 1969 that Billionaire Elon Musk and his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or SpaceX, has managed to guide a booster rocket back to Earth, land it successfully and managed to recover a booster rocket from orbital flight.
With the success of this mission, SpaceX, led by Billionaire Elon Musk has set his sights on reusing these rocket boosters to decrease the launch costs associated with launching a new booster rocket every time into earth’s orbit. Elon Musk was thrilled and delighted to see the Falcon 9 rocket land and he stated it as a revolutionary moment as no one was able to bring back an orbital class booster back to Earth intact. He also stated that the Falcon 9 mission was a useful one and not a practice run. This successful landing breakthrough marks six months after another Falcon 9 rocket exploded at lift off on its way to the International Space Station with necessary supplies.
One SpaceX employee compared this extremely complicated mission as ‘launching a pencil over Empire State Building, instructing it go reverse, come back down and land in a tiny hole on the ground during a tornado!’ SpaceX, of which Elon Musk is the CEO, has future goals to develop booster rockets like Falcon 9 which can be redeployed for quite a number of times before a new one is needed for launch, ultimately reducing the costly expenses of launching a new rocket every single time. The Falcon 9 which landed yesterday would not be able to fly again as Elon Musk would like to keep it as a memento for reasons special on the grounds that it is the first one that his SpaceX brought back. Blue Origin, another rocket corporation, also successfully landed a booster rocket on West Texas last month but it was only used for sub-orbital flight. The SpaceX booster was technologically more advanced Blue Origin’s and it flew faster in order to deploy satellites into Earth’s orbit.