Space X Falcon 9 rocket successfully lands on the ocean platform, creating bigger hopes towards space exploration
Source :NewsBharati Date :12-Oct-2017
Miami, October 12: US aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, Space X launched a recycled rocket that had already flown to the space and landed successfully on an ocean platform, as part of its ongoing effort to recycle costly rocket components.
The white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida carrying the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. The satellite aims to provide television coverage and communications capabilities to North America, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a "dual-mission" satellite for the US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES.
About 10 minutes after launch, the tall portion of the rocket, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for a controlled, upright landing on a droneship called "Of Course I Still Love You," stationed in the Atlantic. The Falcon 9 rocket is currently standing on the deck but it’s successful landing has elevated the hopes of many scientists.
SpaceX flew a recycled rocket component for the first time in March of this year. Wednesday's launch was its "third successful mission with a flight-proven orbital class rocket," SpaceX said on Twitter. The effort is part of CEO Elon Musk's broader vision of making spaceflight more affordable and enabling easier, more economical rocket travel, both from city to city on Earth and eventually to deep space.