SpaceX Makes History


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#SpaceX Successfully Lands A Giant Falcon 9 Rocket For The First Time

http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/21/spacex-successfully-lands-a-giant-falcon-9-rocket-for-the-first-time/

SpaceX has done it. Elon Musk’s rocket startup just successfully launched and then landed a Falcon 9 rocket some 10 minutes later. This comes after several attempts that ended in fiery explosions.

The rocket was carrying 11 satellites destined for low-Earth orbit. It’s important to note, this rocket isn’t a one-off affair, or a small rocket like the Blue Origin New Shepard or SpaceX Grasshopper. This Falcon 9 carried an important cargo and landing the rocket booster was the secondary goal of the mission.

The Falcon 9 is a serious rocket, capable of reaching 124 miles up thanks to the 1.5 million pounds of thrust produced by its 9 engines. It’s designed to take serious payloads into serious orbit. The Blue Origin is capable of taking a few humans 62 miles into the sky — which is still great.

The Falcon 9 is a serious rocket, capable of reaching 124 miles up thanks to the 1.5 million pounds of thrust produced by its 9 engines. It’s designed to take serious payloads into serious orbit. The Blue Origin is capable of taking a few humans 62 miles into the sky — which is still great.

SpaceX previously attempted to land a Falcon 9 on a robotic barge. This time around, the company opted for terra firma and a massive concrete landing pad.

Landing a Falcon 9 rocket was a long time coming for SpaceX. The company used smaller test rockets called the Grasshopper to test the system. Gradually, over several launches, the smaller rocket reached new heights from several hundred feet to sub-orbit flight before returning to Earth and landing vertically.

The Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket. Only the large, booster stage landed today. The remaining capsule contains the payload, which will not be reused.

This was the six launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in 2015.



#2

This is impressive, but disappointing. Things like this need more funding and need to be taken seriously.


#3

Good thing Elon Musk is a very rich person, haha.


#4

Yeah, but our Government should be doing these things, or at least fund them.


#5

Manager of the world: we need to do something to progress humanity!

Male worker: We could make a blaster that shoots weaponized lasers!

Female worker: we could make a vaccine that makes you immune to every type of disease!

Astronaut: we could fund the SpaceX program!

Dumbass: We could make more I-phones and Get in more wars!

Manager: I like it!

(said dumbass gets a medal and gets promoted to vice assistant manager while other workers get fired)

how our civilization goes nowadays…sadly.


#6

what I mean to say is that people will be to stuck up in the next I-phone to even acknowledge a awesome space project, as much as I hate to say it, we have really downgraded!


#7

Most definitely.


#8

if we could progress soon, I would like it, because I want a Speeder bike!


#9

I have always loved the idea of more people getting into space. It’s an untapped natural well of resources and limitless energy, but that’s for another forum.

Elon Musk is currently the only one looking into the future of mankind not only here, but also in the rest of the universe, as well. Even if he does look like a supervillain, he’s doing good for the world of exploration and posterity.


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