Elon Musk Says SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket 'Able to Hearth Once more'

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket that efficiently landed again on Earth after launching a payload of satellites into orbit is in fine condition and "prepared to fireside once more."

Musk on Thursday posted a photograph of the rocket again at its hangar at Cape Canaveral in Florida. He stated the rocket did not appear to maintain any injury after its touchdown — a exceptional feat that would in the future usher in an period of reusable rockets and, thereby, less expensive area flights.

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 21, sending eleven communications satellites into area earlier than its first-stage booster dramatically landed upright and intact close to its launch pad.

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Although this specific historical past-making rocket seemed to be unscathed, Musk has stated it is unlikely for use for an additional mission and can in all probability be placed on show as an alternative.

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"I feel we’ll in all probability maintain this one on floor," Musk stated after the touchdown. "Simply because it is type of distinctive, it is the primary one which we have introduced again. So I feel we’ll in all probability maintain this one on the bottom, however simply affirm by means of exams that it might fly once more."