Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation), has just announced they will test launch the company’s retrievable rocket on January 6, 2015. The CRS 5 mission will transport food, science experiments, spacesuits and other supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). These are the same supplies which would have reached the ISS last October had Orbital Science’s Antares rocket not exploded.
The Falcon 9 will fly higher once the supplies are aboard the ISS. Following the successful delivery, several controlled burns will be utilized in order to send it Earthward. SpaceX will try to land the rocket on their “semi-submersible floating launch pad” currently on a barge.