Space X’s powerful rocket Falcon 9 landed successfully after releasing 11 smaller satellites in space. It is a historic moment as for the first time the rocket landed instead of bursting into flames in space after completing its task. Considered as a major feat, now the scientists can think of using the rockets as reusable planes thereby cutting cost and reducing waste.
Graceful Landing of Falcon 9
The Falcon 9 came back to Earth gracefully upright, touching the base at Florida’s Cape Canaveral, slightly after it released the satellites into the orbit. The rocket was greeted with cheers and screams from the people present at the Hawthorne, California headquarters of SpaceX. The sight was quite mesmerizing as the burning rocket engines painted the night sky in bright orange. Elon Musk, an Internet tycoon and head of SpaceX has been trying to bring a revolution in the rocket industry, and the successful landing of Falcon 9 is one-step in the direction.
Until now, millions of dollars of investment in the sophisticated rocket components and jettisoned machinery were wasted, because the rocket could never come back on Earth successfully. For more than ten years now, Cape Canaveral has been the iconic launch site for numerous space missions and now due to the efforts of SpaceX, the facility has also been a witness to rocket landing.
A Revolutionary Moment
Musk during a teleconference said that he still could not believe it as no one has been able to bring back the rocket intact making the moment revolutionary. Even earlier, SpaceX made efforts to land the Falcon 9 on a platform of ocean floating. But it failed because the rocket either tipped over or a collision occurred between the rocket and the autonomous drone ship.
It was for the first time things worked right. SpaceX invested months of hard work to correct the problem and bring improvements in the unmanned rocket. The rocket making giant is to resume supplying runs for the space agency, NASA from February next year.