Later this morning, SpaceX will attempt a historic feat when it launches a reused Falcon 9 rocket into orbital space. It's an achievement Elon Musk and his team have been working toward since the company was founded in 2002, and today, it will hopefully — finally — come full circle. Literally.
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Since its inception, SpaceX has been working toward developing reusable rockets. From a fiscal standpoint, the move makes a tremendous amount of sense: Not having to pay tens of million dollars to build a new first stage booster every time you launch is cost-effective, and would make launches a hell of a lot easier as a result. On Friday, SpaceX will finally take the plunge — or rather, launch — and attempt to send off and land a Falcon 9 rocket that was used last April to send a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS).
Today, SpaceX was to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Launch Complex 39A for the first time. The mission was originally scheduled to happen last year from a different NASA platform but was rescheduled after a Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad. Unfortunately, SpaceX was forced to push the launch to tomorrow.
After some setbacks — including, but not limited to, an explosion in September — SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Two weeks ago, a SpaceX rocket inexplicably burst into flames, taking its satellite payload up in smoke. Now the space company has given a date for when we can expect to see its rockets back in the air.
Facebook wasn't the only one who saw millions of its dollars go up in smoke when a SpaceX rocket exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad last Thursday. Facebook was actually making use of a satellite operated by Spacecom, an Israeli-based satellite operator, in it's attempt to expand internet use on the entire continent of Africa.
Last night, a routine test firing of a SpaceX rocket ended in a fiery explosion, destroying both the vehicle and its payload, a communications satellite that Facebook planned to use for beaming free internet down to Africa. As the smoke begins to clear, the future of SpaceX remains clouded in uncertainty.
Video: You can pretend to be disappointed every time SpaceX's Falcon 9 crashes during a landing attempt, but deep down you know part of you wants to see an explosion. That's why this video of a miniature flying SpaceX Falcon 9 drone is both awesome and disappointing, because there's never going to be a fireball.
Time for your daily dose of space porn! Photographer Zack Grether posted photos on his blog of what he said was the landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.