A major milestone in space travel has just been reached. SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk, successfully landed its powerful Falcon 9 rocket. This achievement is certain to open new doors to space travel by making rockets as reusable as airplanes, in an industry that is seeking to drive down costs and make spaceflight cheaper and more accessible to research institutes and even tourists.
“I still can’t quite believe it. No one has ever brought an orbital class booster back intact.” said Musk in a teleconference after the landing
And Elon Musk is certainly not the only one excited about the big news: both the US Space Agency and NASA applauded the exploit. The stakes were high for SpaceX, which has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the International Space Station.
“Congratulations @SpaceX on your successful vertical landing of the first stage back on Earth!” NASA said in a tweet.
The incident which occurred only six months ago, destroying the Falcon 9 about two minutes after launch, along with hundreds of millions of dollars in cargo and equipment, seem now like an old unpleasant souvenir. SpaceX has certainly an interesting future in front of it, one which we will be following closely.