Saturday, January 14, 2017

SpaceX Is Back in Business!

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Iridium NEXT satellites lifts off from SpaceX's launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...on January 14, 2017.

Even though this was an unmanned rocket that lifted off towards low-Earth orbit this morning, the successful return to flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster puts the company back on track to achieve a major milestone that's set for sometime this year: the maiden launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket that will be capable of sending human-rated vehicles such as Crew Dragon into deep space within the coming years. Here's hoping that 2017 will be a banner year for SpaceX as well as Boeing...since these two NASA partners are poised to send astronauts into space from American soil once more—via the Crew Dragon and CST-100 Starliner in 2018. Exciting times lay ahead.

The Falcon 9 rocket that launched today touches down on a SpaceX drone ship stationed out in the Pacific Ocean...on January 14, 2017.

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