SpaceX Launch Will End With An Attempt To Land A Falcon 9 Rocket On A Platform In The Atlantic Ocean

January 5, 2015 7:48 PM

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SpaceX Launch Will End With An Attempt To Land A Falcon 9 Rocket On A Platform In The Atlantic Ocean

SpaceX will launch the fifth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station on Tuesday. As part of its contract with NASA, SpaceX will deliver more than 2.5 tons of cargo and scientific investigations to the space station, but watchers will be particularly interested in the last part of the mission, after the Dragon spacecraft separates from the Falcon 9 rocket. In its latest attempt to create a reusable rocket, SpaceX will attempt to soft-land the first stage of the Falcon on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

The California company founded by Elon Musk attempted three soft landings in the Atlantic Ocean in 2014, including one in April, but SpaceX was unable to recover the rocket. The first attempt at landing on an ocean platform, measuring 300 by 100 feet, will be no easy task. As the company noted in it...

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