THEFALCONHASLANDED

SpaceX Suc­cess­fully Lands Fal­con 9 Rocket on Mo­bile Plat­form

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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)

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