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

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┬áblog 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.”

8 Responses to “Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket land in the Atlantic Ocean”

  1. 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.