We’re big fans of Elon Musk and SpaceX here at Techaeris. We’ve followed the progress of their Falcon 9 reusable first stage rocket for quite some time. From the addition of individually controlled fins to their soft launch in the Atlantic Ocean, the SpaceX Falcon 9 has truly been an engineering marvel. SpaceX is looking to add another feather to their cap with a landing that they themselves consider improbable: A precision landing on an unanchored ocean platform.
SpaceX acknowledges that this isn’t going to be easy. In fact, they’ve only put their probability of success at around 50%. Undeterred, they realize that even in failure, the data they gather from the attempt will be invaluable for future missions and landing attempts.