SpaceX will again attempt Falcon 9 rocket to land on offshore platform

Jan

9

2016

After two failed attempts in 2015 SpaceX will this month make another attempt to get the Falcon 9 rocket on an offshore platform countries. Recently succeeded to the rocket after a successful launch straight in to land on the mainland.

The launch will take place on January 17, as reports The Verge. Normally find space launches from Cape Canaveral in Florida; Now the landing takes place, however, from the Vandenberg- Air Force Base in California. Last year we managed on two occasions not to the missile undamaged to leave on a offshore platform countries. In December worked well to get the rocket vertically on the mainland countries, which should also work out at sea.

The advantage of a landing would be at sea that it is not necessary to return all the way to a landfall on the mainland. That would only fuel more cost. By leaving the landing to take place at sea, fuel consumption can be reduced because an optimal landing spot can be chosen.

SpaceX will use another variant of the Falcon 9 rocket from the previous successful landing, which is the last copy of version 1.1 of the Falcon 9. It is the intention that the rocket the Jason-3 satellite of NASA in space brings. This satellite will keep the surface of the ocean in the holes and mapping circulation patterns.

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