SpaceX surprised the world last month by managing to land a rocket, the Falcon 9, in such a manner that the rocket could be relaunched without a problem. Elon Musk’s company didn’t manage to do this at the first attempt, but it still is quite impressive that the Falcon 9 landed without getting damaged. Now, the company will attempt to land a rocket on a barge instead of solid ground, even though they already failed twice at doing this. Space X seems to know that they could not evolve without constantly trying to improve their activity, so we really admire their perseverance in this field.
A Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Jason-3 satellite on January 17, and right after that the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company will attempt to land the rocket on the “Just Read the Instructions” barge the company restored after it was damaged in the first attempt of this kind. If the space company actually manages to safely land the Falcon 9 on a drone ship, it would be a major win for Elon Musk’s company after the successful landing of the Falcon 9 at the end of December. It is also a safer way to land a rocket, because in case something goes wrong and the aircraft blows up, there will be no human beings to be injured.
The Falcon 9 rocket that will take off later this month will not be the same one as the one that safely landed just before Christmas, in fact, it seems that it will be an older version of the rocket. It was said that the rocket that successfully landed last year will never be launched again, instead it will be kept in a museum for people to remember the first successful landing of a rocket. We are eager to see if SpaceX will continue to record successful landings of rockets, on land and on water also.