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Third Time’s The Charm? SpaceX To Attempt Another Rocket Landing

28 Jun 2015, 05:38 UTC
Third Time’s The Charm? SpaceX To Attempt Another Rocket Landing
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Update: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has experienced a catastrophic launch failure.

SpaceX hopes the third time will be the charm for their daring rocket landing at sea.

SpaceX is making its third attempt to land and recover the first stage of a rocket for reuse as a part of the company’s seventh cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying its Dragon spacecraft will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, June 28 at 10:21 a.m. EDT.

SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating ocean barge known as the autonomous spaceport drone ship following the delivery of its Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Dragon spacecraft is carrying more than 4,000 pounds of food, supplies and science equipment to the International Space Station.

While landing a rocket at sea is not an original concept, SpaceX became the first in history to attempt such a feat earlier this year. However, due to the depletion of the rocket’s hydraulic fluid it suffered a hard landing. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket again reached the drone ship during a second attempt in ...

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