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SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch

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Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2014 12:34 AM by AlexMuller

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched successfully on a cargo delivery run for NASA bound for the Space Station. The mission also had an objective aimed at eventually recovering the rocket's first stage via the use of landing legs.

 

Marking a first of its kind test, this 20 story tall commercial Falcon 9 rocket was equipped with a quartet of landing legs to test controlled soft landing techniques first in the ocean and then back on solid ground at some later date this year or next, by reigniting the 1st stage engines for a guided touchdown.
 
The 12 foot diameter Falcon 9 rocket would sprout the legs just prior to water impact for the controlled soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean, guided by SpaceX engineers. Prior to the launch SpaceX managers were careful not to raise expectations.
 
“The entire recovery of the first stage is completely experimental,” said Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX vice president of mission assurance. “It has nothing to do with the primary mission.”
 
He estimated the odds of successfully retrieving an intact booster at merely 30 or 40 percent.
 
Following Friday’s blastoff, SpaceX reported they made significant strides towards that goal of a 1st stage recovery.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-20
+1
One of the key goals of SpaceX is to reduce cost and make flights and exploration more affordable so that more can be done. It is clear that this is not going to be easy and that this experimental phase is very important Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-20
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One of the key goals of SpaceX is to reduce cost and make flights and exploration more affordable so that more can be done. It is clear that this is not going to be easy and that this experimental phase is very important Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
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Buna Marius! eu am facut gestul cu mainile ascunse atunci cand mi-era rusine sa arat ca nu am manichiura facuta si alta data cand pur si simplu nu ma interesau persoanele din jurul meu. Banuiesc ca exista o samanta de adevar in faptele mele -entru ca in timp ce mi-am ascuns mainile gandeam ce ti-am spus. Superb articolul, tine-o tot asa! te simt de parca ai fi chiar langa mine, ai un dar si anume acela de a empatiza exradotainrr de bine! Reply


 

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