SpaceX has successfully landed its fifth rocket in the last seven months on Monday morning.
The success of the landing came after SpaceX brought a booster back during a successful cargo launch toward the International Space Station.
The company’s two stage Falcon 9 rocket took off on Monday at 12:45 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As reported by Space.com, the rocket’s first stage detached and executed several engine burns to return to Cape Canaveral. The booster was brought back which landed successfully a few miles south of its launch pad at 12:53 a.m. EDT.
It also launched a docking port for astronauts on Monday, which contains a DNA decoder for high flying genetic research, ABC 7 reports.
The success was SpaceX’s second attempt at sending a new style docking port for NASA. The first one was involved in a rocket accident casualty after it was destroyed over the Atlantic last year.
NASA requires the new docking setup at the space station before United States can send its astronauts in crew capsules; an initiative set to debut next year.
Currently, the aerospace manufacturer is developing astronaut worthy versions of its Dragon cargo capsules. The Dragon and its latest shipment are expected on Wednesday at the 250 mile high outpost.
As reported by ABC 7, with this endeavor, SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk wants to reuse his rockets to conserve launch costs. The company is expecting to launch its first recovered rocket in fall this year.
With the most recent success, SpaceX has executed five successful landings. The first one, which involved a Falcon 9 first stage that returned to Cape Canaveral during a commercial satellite launch, occurred in December last year. The subsequent three, one of which occurred in April and the other two in May, landed on sea on the robotic ship called “Of Course I Still Love You.”
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