Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Elon Musk’s SpaceX aces it with Falcon 9 touch down

The Falcon is not the Eagle. But the declaration that “The Falcon has landed” recalls an earlier feat, when this nation first placed a man on the moon.

Last Monday evening, the words streamed live from the Southern California headquarters of SpaceX, the corporation that launched the rocket. Though barely audible over the pandemonium, the words were historic. Across the country at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Falcon 9 had just made a flawless vertical landing.

It was, as one SpaceX commentator put it, “like launching a pencil over the Empire State Building, having it reverse, come back down and land in a shoebox on the ground in a windstorm.” In other words, it was technical feat for the ages.

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