The Falcon did land. We are talking about history being made on Monday when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 performed a flawless landing at Cape Canaveral after being launched into space just as flawlessly.
The event was greeted with much enthusiasm by SpaceX staff, CEO Elon Musk himself, NASA, and – why be modest – the nation. Because the flawless landing of Falcon 9 signals a new, more affordable and exciting age of the space race.
Millions of dollars have been pumped into creating the new space vehicles worthy of a new space race age. And with each test launch into the atmosphere, each of these millions of dollars disintegrated with the stages of the rockets. Sure, it’s a necessary phase for technology to advance sufficiently to allow the herald of a new space race age. Luckily, the first signs that the end of this phase is near are starting to show.
On Monday evening, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 performed a flawless landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Everyone was watching closely. Twitter was buzzing with praising tweets and some really intriguing description of the landmark that was achieved. If you check it out, you’ll find the Elon Musk-Jeff Bezos tweet exchange. Egos aside, the conversation perfectly underpins the spirit of the new space race age.
One tweet aptly describes the flawless landing:
“like launching a pencil over the Empire State Building, having it reverse, come back down and land in a shoebox on the ground in a windstorm”.
Such was the mastery on display. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is currently undergoing revision. It is necessary to understand if after the flawless landing, one more obstacle can be ticked off from the list. Following a successful landing, it’s necessary to know if the Falcon 9 is fit to be used once more.
The Falcon 9 stage lifted 75 kilometers in the atmosphere, released another stage on its path to low-Earth orbit and conducted a perfect turnaround and flawless landing. Nonetheless, the launch could have inflicted same small damage that needs to be repaired. Still, according to estimates, this historic landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 just dragged the costs of a future mission to 10 million dollars compared to the 70 million dollars it would have costed until now.
NASA has a lot to learn from SpaceX’s success. Better yet, public-private partnership should drive the new space race age even further. Not long ago, another success drew nationwide and worldwide attention. Jeff Bezos launched and landed the Blue Origin rocket. The event, taking place with the Texas facility was hailed as the advent of a new space race age. At the time, Elon Musk’s SpaceX was still preparing for the historical moment that was unraveled on Monday evening.
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