SpaceX to Attempt Launching a Falcon 9 Rocket on Drone Ship at Sea

SpaceX to Attempt Launching a Falcon 9 Rocket on Drone Ship at Sea

A well-known American aerospace company, SpaceX, is all set to create another history. The company owned by Elon Musk said that it will be attempting to land a Flacon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea on January 17.

The news was recently confirmed by the SpaceX to NBC News, a space journalist Charles Lurio was the first one to unveil the news on Twitter.

The launch has been scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket will be carrying along with it NASA’s Jason-3 satellite, instruments to monitor the ocean's surface, collecting information about circulation patterns and perhaps rising sea levels.

Previously the commercial spaceflight company created a history on December 21 by landing a Falcon 9 rocket safely upright at a predetermined location nears its launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The company’s previous attempt of January 2015 to land a Falcon 9 on a drone ship ended into a failure. The rocket toppled over and exploded just before reaching very close to the target point.

A mobile landing requires more flexibility requiring when and how launches can proceed. It is not always possible for a rocket to return to a static site like a launch facility or other suitably flat, empty space.

Also a mobile landing site must be placed in a region where it is safest or most fuel-efficient for the rocket to come down.

The rocket used for this launch is not the one that same rocket the company launched last month. Elon Musk said that the rocket that created the history is completely fine and is resting in its hangar.

Musk in a conference call following December's successful landing said, “I think we'll probably keep this one on the ground because it's quite unique, it's the first one we brought back. The company will just confirm through tests that it could fly again and then put it somewhere to display”.