This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft will return human spaceflight to the United States.. The first ground landing at LZ-1 succeeded in December 2015, and the first landing at sea on a drone ship in April 2016. Fifth time's the charm!

Later tests attempted to land the rocket precisely on an autonomous spaceport drone ship (a barge commissioned by SpaceX to provide a stable landing surface at sea) or at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1), a concrete pad at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX now has shown it has the flexibility to retrieve the booster under a variety of launch configurations. SpaceX will attempt to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket by landing it on a floating barge — dubbed "Of Course I Still Love You" — floating in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 reusable rocket booster on a drone ship — a first for the company — following a launch from Cape Canaveral today (April 8). SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, May 27 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Age of Reusable Rockets. A rocket booster that SpaceX hoped would make its 50th successful landing after launch on Monday missed the autonomous ship in the Atlantic … Two weeks ago, SpaceX achieved a major milestone by landing the first stage of an orbital rocket on a floating barge 320 km (200 miles) off the Florida coast. SpaceX gives names to its floating landing barges February 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm Robert Zimmerman Points of Information Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below.

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