SpaceX has successfully landed its reusable Falcon 9 rocket for the sixth time.
The two-stage spacecraft left Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Sunday morning, carrying a commercial communications satellite, JCSAT-16. The satellite will help provide more stable satellite services for video distribution and data transfer communications in Asia, Russia, Oceania, Middle East and North America.
The mission was one of the most challenging, because the Falcon 9 had to get to a geostationary transfer orbit around 22,000 miles above the Earth’s equator. Because of the distance, SpaceX said before the flight that the rocket would be “subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing challenging.”
Despite these circumstances, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket on ‘Of Course I Still Love You’, a ship stationed a few hundred miles from Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.
The continued success off SpaceX’s missions will give a boost to the company which is attempting to reuse rockets that have successfully landed to lower the ccost of space missions.