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Next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch tentative for May 3

by Todd Haselton | April 25, 2016April 25, 2016 6:30 am PST

SpaceX had a busy April, finally achieving its goal of successfully landing its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge earlier this month. Now it’s set for another launch, tentatively scheduled for May 3, according to the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing, Florida Today said recently.

SpaceX will attempt the same type of landing after it delivers a satellite into orbit for customers in Japan, Florida Today said.

This is incredibly important to recognize, because SpaceX is working to change rocket launches and, ultimately, space travel completely. Previously, a rocket would launch something into orbit and then parachute back to ground in separate pieces. With the Falcon9, the rocket is learning to land completely, essentially preparing it for much more frequent repeat trips.

Let’s see if SpaceX can go two for two on landings.

Florida Today

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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