SpaceX Confirms Falcon 9 Successfully Soft Landed In The Atlantic Ocean

After overcoming enormous problems, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully took off for ISS on May 22, 2012. At then, SpaceX authority mentioned that after completing its mission, the Falcon 9 rocket would land in the Atlantic Ocean. And lately, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Falcon 9 has successfully and softly landed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Dragon Capsule, Image Credit : SpaceX

The Falcon 9 rocket used a powered descent to soften its landing in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the very first time, such technique has been used on a mission. Controlled descents can greatly reduce spaceflight’s costs by removing the need to manufacture new rockets for each launch.

The rocket splashed down into the ocean in a vertical position with the legs deployed. It transmitted data for about 8 seconds after reaching the water. The transmission stopped after the stage tipped over into a horizontal position.

After the successful landing, Elon Musk said during a press conference, “There was a successful soft landing of the Falcon 9 first stage into the ocean. We have sensors on each individual leg [of the rocket] and GPS units. They all agree [that it landed stably]. If we recover it from the ocean it’ll probably take a couple of months to refurbish for flight.”

On the other side, while a soft landing ultimately allows the private spaceflight company to re-use rockets, this particular one will probably not be used again as heavy seas destroyed the rocket before recovery operations could retrieve it. However, the historic first controlled landing of a liquid booster was tracked by telemetry. See the video where Musk was saying about the successful landing of the rocket.

Source: SpaceX
Thanks To: The National Press Club

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Anatol Rahman is the Editor at TheTechJournal. He loves complicated machineries, and crazy about robot and space. He likes cycling. Before joining TheTechJournal team, he worked in the telemarketing industry. You can catch him on Google+.

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