Miami (US), April 9: SpaceX has successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform, marking a historic first in the effort to make rockets recyclable, the California-based company said. SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California erupted yesterday with cheers as a live broadcast showed the rocket standing upright on a barge, known as a drone ship, in the Atlantic Ocean.Also Read - Elon Musk's SpaceX Sending Dogecoin To The Moon By Funding Next Lunar Satellite With It
After today’s launch, SpaceX will make another attempt at landing Falcon 9’s first stage on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the company has managed to land stages upright on solid ground, multiple attempts at a water touchdown have failed. Read Also: (New NASA programme to protect Earth from asteroids, comets) Also Read - SpaceX Starship Finally Nails Touch Down in Fifth Test, Elon Musk Says 'Landing Nominal'
“We certainly hope we are going to nail the landing this time,” SpaceX Vice President Hans Koenigsmann said. The effort is part of CEO Elon Musk’s ongoing bid to lower the cost of launching to space by making rocket components reusable. Expensive rocket parts are currently jettisoned into the ocean after launch. Also Read - SpaceX Crew-2 Launches 4 NASA Astronauts to International Space Station | Watch Video
If all goes well, the Dragon will become the fourth vehicle to visit the ISS in four weeks. Set to dock at the space station on Sunday, the capsule would join its competitor, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft, which launched to the station last month and remains attached to the orbiting space laboratory.
Dragon’s arrival will mark the “first time that the two vehicles, contracted by NASA and developed by private industry to resupply the station, are