In view of reducing the spaceflight costs, SpaceX—a California-based company recently launched a reused cargo ship and a rocket. Post launch, the rocket booster was landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
After the launch, the company landed its rocket booster upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX has been successful to return 20 rocket boosters after the launch so far, on land or on a floating ocean platform, as part of its effort to re-use instead of jettison costly rocket components.
Space-X commentator said that this is the second time to and from visit to the space have been successful. A big portion of the rocket was visible coming down to the Launchpad from the air in the live images.
At 10:36 AM, Falcon 9 rocket blasted off with the recycled Dragon Spacecraft. After 3 minutes, the second stage of the rocket and the booster were separated from the Dragon spacecraft. It was clearly visible in the webcast by the SpaceX.
In the second stage, the spacecraft Dragon continued to travel towards International Space Station and engines powered by rocket lead the rocket back to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Landing Zone 1.
SpaceX Dragon Mission manager, Jessica Jensen said that this will bring new era of rapid, reusability and reliability. This year, this is the 14th recovery of a booster. This has set the new milestone in the space technology.
Actually, launch was planned on last Friday, but since the particles were found in the second stage fuel system and launch was delayed and SpaceX team had to carryout full inspection and cleaning work.
In June, Mission called CRS-11, to resupply Space station was successfully carried out using Falcon rocket booster. In 2015, dragon capsule was propelled to the International Space Station.
NASA is an important customer of the SpaceX.ISS Program manager of NASA, Kirk Shireman said that rocket experts from the agency had reviewed the safety aspects.