At 6:30 PM et, SpaceX, headed by the General Director of Tesla (TSLA) Elon Musk, launched a rocket. This is the first time in the history of space flight, when the same rocket was used in two separate missions in orbit.
After the successful launch of the satellite in geostationary orbit - 22,000 miles into space - the rocket then returned to Earth and landed on a remotely piloted platform, known as an unmanned ship in the Atlantic ocean. This was the sixth successful landing of the company on the offshore platform.
Video SpaceX has shown empty platform called "Of Course I Still Love You", waiting for the return of the rocket against the dark blue of the ocean. Video stream immediately disconnected and then re-appeared to show the missile standing vertically on the platform. The landing took place 8 minutes after the start.
"This proves that you can fly and use the booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket," said musk in the air SpaceX. "It is, ultimately, a huge revolution in space flight". The launch was a huge step for SpaceX. Reusing rockets is essential for companies like SpaceX who want to reduce the cost of space flight.
The SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 is about 62 million dollars. Use it more than once can dramatically reduce the price per launch. "Given that the goal of SpaceX is to provide space transportation to other planets, we want to make sure that whoever we take, might come back," she said.
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