Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket land in the Atlantic Ocean

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now equipped with landing legs, which could eventually allow it to be reusable–a crucial step toward lowering the cost of carrying cargo to space. The space startup released a video today taken from the surface of the rocket as it passed through the planet’s atmosphere and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. “The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but we received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight,” a blog post states. “At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment.”

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Ieahsan Haidaev

Fake is fake, not more! Without parachutes any object launching from the space is doomed to shatter.

Kerballer

The rockets are used to slow down the stage slow enough to not break, parachutes are unneeded and overly expensive.

ANGEL OLIVA

COULD YOU LAND ON A OFFSHORE PLATFORM
IT WOULD BE IDEAL FOR THE BROWNSVILLE SPACEPORT

Hopalong

why landing legs when it’s gonna land in the water ?

Signe Brewster

Yes, this is just part of testing before moving it to land. They believe they have learned enough from the water landings to do a successful ground landing.

Mistress

I’m not surprized that the first stage imploded. I would think it was designed for hard surface landing, aka a concrete pad. not water with it’s multible “X’s” of surface pressure that water excerts over and above normal atmospheric pressure. I’m not saying it’s wrong, I just think we are compairing apples and getting oranges, from the data.

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