SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket completes Vertical Landing after Deploying 11 Small Satellites into Orbit
SpaceX has safely landed its reusable rocket on solid ground after liftoff on Monday. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket touched down surface successfully at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after three failed attempts previously.
The landing is a major victory for Elon Musk and his aerospace company as it was the company’s first flight since it rocket exploded about six months ago. It was the first time when a rocket launched a payload into the space and then landed safely on solid surface.
When the rocket landed, a SpaceX commentator announced, “The Falcon has landed”. With the announcement, workers at the company’s headquarters started cheering and chanting ‘USA! USA’.
It is, no doubt, a big win for CEO Musk and SpaceX, but it’s not the first time when a rocket has landed successfully on earth after launching into space. Last month, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin announced that its New Shepard rocket touched down earth safely. But, Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX is more complex than Blue Origin’s rocket as it’s designed to go higher in space.
Before Monday’s launch, weather and some other issues delayed the launch and lading attempt, but SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday evening without a hitch.
The mission’s primary objective was to deploy 11 small satellites into low orbit. The mission not only successfully deployed the satellites, but also landed safely on earth and gave a moment of celebrations to Musk.