SPACEX – HISTORIC ROCKET LANDING | CRS-8 DRAGON – HOSTED WEBCAST
– SpaceX makes history with rocket landing. Major achievement for the United States from California based company in SoCal.
– Streamed live on Apr 8, 2016 from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
– The first successful landing of the first stage Dragon rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.
– Landing is at approx. 27:36 on the video timecode.
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SpaceX Sticks a Rocket Landing at Sea in Historic First
“A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster descended under engine power to a floating landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, notching the first-ever rocket landing at sea minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral with a supply ship hauling 3.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station.
The dramatic landing, broadcast live by SpaceX and NASA, is the latest achievement for the commercial space transportation company led by Elon Musk, who aims to make rocket launches less expensive to enable his vision of affordable human missions to Mars.
Friday’s successful descent to the landing platform, dubbed a drone ship by SpaceX, was the first time a space launcher returned to Earth at sea.
The achievement is important because SpaceX hopes to reuse Falcon 9 first stage boosters to reduce the cost of space transportation, and launches carrying heavy payloads to high-altitude orbits are going too fast and need too much fuel for the rockets to turn around and head back for land.
Rockets on those missions — accounting about half of the Falcon 9’s future manifest — must arc downrange from the launch site and target landings hundreds of miles away.
“I think it’s another step towards the stars,” Musk said after Friday’s launch and landing. “In order for us to really open up access to space, we’ve got to achieve full and rapid reusability, and being able to do that for the primary rocket booster is going to be a huge impact on cost.”
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