Items tagged with falcon 9 v1.1 full thrust

Folks, we just witnessed history this evening. After two previous failed landings (one in January, one in April) and a complete vehicle failure in June, SpaceX struck gold tonight, successfully completing a powered, upright landing of its Falcon 9 rocket. The significance of this achievement is profound, as the Falcon 9 not only blasted off in to space, but it achieved orbit (launching 11 ORBCOMM satellites in the process) at a height of 200km. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin completed a vertical landing of its BE-3 rocket engine last month, but that rocket didn’t travel as high or as fast as the Falcon 9 -- more importantly, it never achieved orbit. Previously, rockets were a one-way proposition;... Read more...