Falcon 9 First Stage Landing From Helicopter
The first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket touching down on Landing Site 1 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on December 21, 2015.
The historical move could spell massive reduction in the cost of similar space missions in the future.
“Welcome back, baby!” SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted shortly after touchdown.
Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The rocket, in the first stage, works with burn time of 162 seconds as the rocket fires up nine engines. The thrust at sea level is 6,806 kN, which equivalent in vacuum would be 7,426 kN.
Falcon 9 was carrying 11 satellites into orbit.