Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Why SpaceX’s ‘Next Few Missions’ Will Attempt to Land a Rocket at Sea

You wouldn’t be crazy to assume that, after last month’s successful rocket landing, SpaceX would ditch its giant drone boats and focus solely on terrestrial landing attempts. For the foreseeable future, however, the company will return to trying to land its rocket at sea.

A barge landing attempt has already been announced for Sunday’s Jason 3 NASA satellite launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, but SpaceX tells me drone boats will likely continue to be a regular part of the company’s reusable rocket recovery program, and that “the next few missions will all be drone ships.”

That’s primarily because landing a rocket at sea requires less fuel than landing a rocket back at the launch pad.

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