Elon Musk’s startup SpaceX has successfully launched and landed its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, bringing in a new era of reusable rockets.
The Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed to transport satellites into orbit. The rocket measures 15-stories in height, and can reach almost 200 kilometres from the Earth’s surface. It first made history in 2012, when it became the first commercial company to visit the International Space Station.
Musk told the BBC that the ability to return rockets to Earth where they can be reused, would reduce his company’s operational costs.
Watch the videos above and below to see the Falcon 9’s landing.
Another view of Falcon 9 first stage approaching Landing Zone 1 pic.twitter.com/i5oNfSYmrc
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