Finally SpaceX tastes success, Falcon 9 takes-off and lands flawlessly
SpaceX at last tasted success in Florida as Falcon 9 rocket managed to take-off, separate from the second stage booster and then landed back on base without any flaws. This is the third time SpaceX tried to do so and coming on the back of two unsuccessful attempts this one surely tastes sweet. First time the rocket exploded on impact and in the second attempt too it damaged the landing gear. Elon Musk was elated by this event and expressed how 13 years of SpaceX seem more meaningful now.
Falcon 9 took-off from the ground far-off from Florida coast and after reaching 200 kilometers into space the first stage booster detached. Then the nitrogen attitude thrusters set into action and the rocket headed on course back to Earth. After re-orienting itself to brace for Earth’s atmosphere the rocket landed safely on ground. This successful mission marks a new step in the dream of space tourism and a fruitful return on investment of $60 million on Falcon 9 rocket.
The next target for SpaceX is to reduce the cost of production and testing to make space tourism a feasible option in the coming years. Elon has a far-sighted dream of colonizing Mars and in that context this is just a small little step. So there is still a long way to go.
This successful launch of Falcon 9 rocket follows suite as Blue Origin managed to fly their rocket and launch it back safely in the first attempt itself. Boy, the race for space tourism is beginning to sound interesting as the big guns look to nail it without any flaws.
Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation said:
It makes you rethink the way we do business. That’s the bottom line. Is there a better way to do spaceflight? It used to be if, or when, we could reuse rockets. But now we’ve crossed off the ‘if,’ and then ‘when.’ It changes the way the industry is going to do business.