Even SpaceX Didn't Expect Its Rocket To Land This Time, But It Did
Elon Musk isn't afraid to gloat after SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket made a difficult landing.By Ben Lawson | May 6, 2016
SpaceX has landed a rocket on a floating barge in the ocean for the second time.
Before its first successful landing in April, the company tried and failed multiple times to perch a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge. The company didn't expect things to turn out differently this time.
That's because of the circumstances surrounding this mission. This one placed a Japanese communications satellite into a very high orbit. Because of the destination, the rocket's re-entry was a lot faster and a lot hotter than previous landing attempts.