SpaceX finally launches spaceship

The launch was successful, but there was difficulty in landing on the floatation barge that led to the exploding of the rocket.
By Jason Spencer | Mar 24, 2016
After almost a month of rescheduling, SpaceX finally launched Falcon 9. The launch had experienced multiple delays from day one as the company was trying out a new approach. For one, they were using compressed oxygen as the primary fuel. The fact that they were transporting their largest cargo to the space station also did not help their course. If SpaceX becomes successful, the US will reduce reliance on Russian crafts.

The launch was successful, but there was difficulty in landing on the floatation barge that led to the exploding of the rocket. However, The CEO said that he did not expect the operation to go smoothly, and he expected the rocket to malfunction during landing. "Rocket landed hard on the drones. Didn't expect this one to work," said Elton Musk the CEO of SpaceX on Twitter. "But next flight has a good chance."

Elton Musk stated that the rocket re-entered the earth's atmosphere too hot. This made it impossible to make a safe landing on the freighter. The barge is located in the outer region of Florida and is as big as a football field.

SpaceX is doing research on ways to reuse their space shuttles. At the moment, most parts of the rockets burn out and get destroyed during a space trip. With more contracts coming from NASA to transport their cargo, the company is looking for ways to make the trips safer and more economically viable. And utilizing reusable shuttles will definitely lead to this.

The compressed oxygen fuel gives the rocket a more powerful boost pushing it for longer distances. This will reduce the travel time taking a small craft to Mars only 72 hours rather than the two weeks that it normally takes.

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