SpaceX Is Going Back to the Barge (At Least for This Launch)
The December ORBCOMM launch that saw SpaceX pull off a landing on solid ground of its first stage was also the debut of a new model of the Falcon 9. But for a launch on January 17, the company is going back for the barge landing, hoping it can pull off what’s, to this point, alluded SpaceX.
The January 17 launch involves NASA’s JASON-3 satellite. Rather than launching from Cape Canaveral, the launch will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base. And rather than using the newly updated Falcon 9, it will use the v1.1, designed for sea (not ground) landings. This is one of the last in the v1.1 fleet, according to Loren Grush at The Verge.
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