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SpaceX attempts ocean landing of Falcon 9 rocket

2016-01-14
2016-01-13 06:28:37 GMT2016-01-13 14:28:37(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- The U.S. Company SpaceX will try again on Sunday to land its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform.

SpaceX, headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, has tried three times before to land its Falcon 9 on what it calls a "droneship" platform.

Although previous attempts to set down the rocket's first stage on the floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean have failed, the company won’t give up trying, a spokesman confirmed.

This time, the Falcon 9 will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Landing rockets upright is crucial to cutting the cost of space travel, since the rockets can be reused.

The goal of the effort is to bring down the cost of rocket launches and make space flight more affordable and sustainable in the coming years.


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