Sunday February 19, 2017

SpaceX Launches First Rocket from Iconic Florida Pad

In another success for Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX has managed to launch a Falcon 9 from NASA’s 39A pad and land its first stage nearby. As you may know, Launch Complex 39 is famous for being the origin point of all six Apollo moon landings, as well as the first (and last) space shuttle flight.

This is SpaceX's tenth supply mission for the International Space Station, but the Dragon capsule on the rocket is carrying a special payload. It's hauling an experimental module, Raven that will test autonomous space rendezvous technology: its three-sensor array will track spacecraft visiting the station and help guide them safely to their intended destination. Expect launches from 39A and elsewhere to be relatively commonplace. SpaceX vowed that it would launch rockets every 2 to 3 weeks, and it's clearly making good on that promise so far.