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Space X Lands Rocket in Ocean

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX has completed second the ocean landing of its reusable rocket system prior to landing it on solid ground – possibly later this year.

The rocket was the first stage of their Falcon 9 that was launched on July 14, 2014 which put six Orbcomm satellites into orbit.

The on-board camera filmed the descent, and also gathered during the trip by SpaceX which will improve the landing on future flights.

The rocket first stage, which is the bottom part of it, separated after two minutes and 43 seconds of the launch.

At a height of more than 31 miles (50km) high.

Six minutes later it then began to start re-entry.

This began with what is called a boost back burn, which puy it on a parabola towards its target landing in the ocean.

It then ignites its engines again, to reduce its speed as it re-enters the atmosphere.

Once slowed, the rocket again shuts off before it re-ignited the engines above the ocean.

Here the landing legs are deployed, which will one day be used to set the rocket down on the ground.

“This test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able consistently to re-enter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity,” SpaceX said in a news release.

SpaceX ‘goal, is to make the rockets reusable by having them touch down on land.

There first attempt at doing this will be on a floating barge.

“At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment,” the company said.

The next water landing will be on flight 13 of the Falcon 9 series of rockets, taking place in September this year and will carry the fourth scheduled Dragon cargo mission to the ISS.

This will be a “low probability of success” because the rocket will be without its stabilising landing struts, according to SpaceX.

On these first flights, SpaceX is being very arefull with the rocket’s re-entry through the atmosphere.

They have been using a lot of fuel to slow the speed down as much as possible to prevent damage being done to the rocket.

SpaceX’s goal is to have their rockets launch to orbit then return to Earth intact.

 

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