SpaceX's Water Landings Are Becoming Routine
This is the third time a Falcon 9 rocket has successfully landed on one of the company's barges.By Matt Picht | May 27, 2016
Well, this is becoming a familiar sight. SpaceX has successfully landed one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a floating barge for the third time.
The rocket successfully boosted the Thaicom 8 communications satellite into orbit before maneuvering back to a remotely piloted landing pad in the Atlantic Ocean. Sticking the landing was a secondary goal for the Falcon 9, but an important one: The company's hoping to reuse its rocket boosters on future missions.
SpaceX hasn't actually relaunched a rocket yet. The company's CEO Elon Musk said one of the recovered rockets would be ready for a second launch in May or June, but nothing's been announced. One analyst told the Los Angeles Times that launch will likely be a test run rather than risking an expensive payload on a used rocket.