SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns to Duty, Delivers Satellites, Lands Safely
SpaceX achieved three significant objectives tonight: the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket, the successful delivery of 11 ORBCOMM OG-2 communications satellites to orbit, and a historic landing of the rocket’s first stage back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), FL. SpaceX is not the first to return a rocket or spacecraft to land on Earth, but it is the first private company to conduct a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) of a rocket on an orbital (rather than suborbital) trajectory successfully.
This was the first flight of a Falcon 9 since a June 28, 2015 failure. The rocket launched today is an upgraded version with a number of improvements, including the use of supercooled liquid oxygen that provides additional thrust.
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