SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9 Rocket on Mobile Platform
Following several failures at landing its reusable rocket onto the mobile platform at sea and the unfortunate explosion that set the space agency back for almost a year, Elon Musk's SpaceX finally took its moment in the spotlight to cheer for the first successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket.
The Falcon 9 rocket gave its scientist a reason to cheer when it successfully landed upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on its return to orbit last month. By all accounts, the Falcon 9 rocket is the first space rocket to ever go into space and return back to Earth, only to be reused for another mission at a later date.
Usually, only the payload and passenger carrier that are mounted on top of a rocket are reused, and most rockets end up either being destroyed or getting lost in space after takeoff. The destruction or loss of these rockets are pretty much what drives up the cost of space travel, but if SpaceX's reusable rocket solution becomes a reality, companies will be able to save on the cost of having to manufacture new rockets for follow-up missions.
By SpaceX's calculations, it costs US$60 million (approx. RM233 million) to manufacture the Falcon 9, and only US$200,000 (approx. RM778,530) to refuel. That's a fraction of the cost to make another Falcon 9 rocket. 104 HWM | M AY 2 0 1 6
SpaceX finally and successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground last month. (Image source: SpaceX)