SpaceX trading ocean platform for Cape Canaveral for next rocket landing test

After coming this close to successfully landing a rocket on a floating barge, SpaceX has announced plans to hold its next rocket landing test at iconic space site Cape Canaveral.

Florida Today reports the private space company will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket at NASA's Cape Canaveral facility in Florida, and a test could come as early as the next few weeks. The Falcon 9 was conceived as a reusable rocket, which would considerably cut down on the costs of space travel. But the company has yet to fully stick the landing, with all previous tests ending with a minor (or major) crash landing.

With fellow private space firm Blue Origin celebrating its own reusable rocket landing recently, it seems SpaceX is keen to get it right and prove it's still a leader in the private spaceflight industry. SpaceX hasn’t actually attempted a landing since June, when the last rocket exploded. Engineering have spent the past several months trying to figure out how to get it right before the next attempt.

The Falcon 9 is a key part of the equation for SpaceX, especially considering the company is scheduled to start ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. Here’s hoping this next test finally gets it right.


(Via Popular Science, Florida Today)

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