Rocket Recapture Narrowly Missed By SpaceX

January 13, 2015 1:48 AM

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The first ever attempt of recapturing a rocket for reuse by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) could not succeed. On Sunday Mr. Musk stated “Close, but no cigar this time.” The endeavor of SpaceX was to guide the Falcon 9 rocket to a soft, vertical touchdown over a recovery vessel which is of the size of a soccer pitch. Mr. Musk also added “The craft made it to the drone spaceport ship, but landed hard, damaging some support equipment on the vessel that will have to be replaced.”

For recapturing the components that were previously either abandoned on the ocean surface or burned up in the atmosphere of Earth, propulsion and sophisticated navigation technology is used by SpaceX. According to Mr. Musk reusable craft can reduce the flight expense a lot and can help him in achiev...

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