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SpaceX gears up to land a reusable rocket on a floating barge - and the breakthrough could make spaceflight more affordable for everyone

SpaceX is planning to land a rocket at Cape Canaveral on Monday
The first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to touch down on a barge after launching a Dragon capsule into space
It is the first ever attempt at landing a rocket on solid ground after launch
Elon Musk said the ambitious attempt has a 50% chance of working
The company ultimately wants all of its rockets to be reusable

By Jonathan O'Callaghan for MailOnline

Published: 17:36 GMT, 10 December 2014 | Updated: 18:03 GMT, 10 December 2014

SpaceX has long spoken of its ambition to make rockets reusable.

And on Monday, the firm plans to reach a major milestone as part of this endeavour when it brings back part of one of its Falcon 9 rockets after launch.

If all goes to plan, the first stage of the rocket will gently lower itself and land on solid ground for the first time ever.

The attempt will occur during the launch of the latest cargo-carrying Dragon capsule to the ISS at 7.31pm GMT (2.31pm EST) on Monday 16 December.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying Dragon will take off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

After launch, at a height of about 56 miles (90km), the first stage of the rocket will separate from the second stage.

While the latter continues its mission into orbit, the former would usually be left to fall back into the ocean - as is the case on all other rocket launches.

However on this flight, for the first time ever, SpaceX will instead use a specially designed first stage capable of landing itself on a floating barge.

In a previous flight, a Falcon 9 first stage hovered above the surface of the ocean - without a barge - in a successful demonstration of the technology.

On that flight, the first stage was left to fall into the ocean after proving it could hover above the ground. But on this next flight, the rocket will touch down on a floating barge.







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Private spaceflight company, SpaceX, successfully launched the first of its newly-improved Falcon 9 rockets in September.

The nine-engine rocket is its most powerful to date and designed to test the viability of using fully reusable launch vehicles for future missions.

Currently, after delivering their payloads into orbit, booster rockets tumble back toward Earth and essentially explode mid-air before crashing into the sea.

This is a costly operation causing the price of launches to top £280 million ($440 million).

SpaceX, however, is attempting to develop rockets that can make soft landings back on Earth so they can be recovered and recycled.

After September's launch, three first-stage engines were reignited, to see if they could bring the first-stage of the rocket segment down through the atmosphere intact.

Another engine was then used to try to slow the stage still further just before it touched the water.

'The most revolutionary thing about the new Falcon 9 is the potential ability to recover the boost phase, which is almost three-quarters of the cost of the rocket,' said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2868769/SpaceX-gears-land-reusable-rocket-FLOATING-barge-breakthrough-make-spaceflight-affordable-everyone.html
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oceanic interference freedom:
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The ocean allows for "dealing with big items in a mobil way" what is a key feature when technology comes to a point where small scale land based structurs just don't cut it anymore going ocanic is a natural outcome of mankinds technology growing out of its childhood pants...
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