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SpaceX rocket not meant to survive somehow manages to anyway

SpaceX Gov Sat-1 launch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida sending the Gov Sat-1 satellite to space
Guillermo Lane | 02 February, 2018, 14:20

SpaceX said the rocket's first stage used in the GovSat-1 mission was initially deployed in May 2017 to launch the NROL-76 payload.

However, in an astonishing scientific feat, billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk said it had been discovered offshore not long after the launch. The company's Atlantic Ocean-based drone ship, "Of Course I Still Love You", will be in service during the next week to catch the central core of the Falcon Heavy launch, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 6. After a series of delays, the firm's Gov-Sat1 mission went off without a hitch on Wednesday.

Instead, the company used the opportunity to test a "very high retrothrust landing", using a full three-engine landing burn to slow the rocket's descent enough to survive impact with the water. "We will try to tow it back to shore", Musk said via Twitter, where he posted a photo of the booster floating atop the waves.

Originally, SpaceX had backed off from the GovSat-1 mission due to some technical issues. SpaceX had no plans to recover the Falcon 9 first stage this time.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches GovSat 1 on January 31, 2018.

To the surprise of even Musk himself, the rocket survived its water landing and was pictured bobbing in the sea. However, SpaceX's engineers can likely gather all kinds of useful data from the booster. The company has achieved that goal by recovering and reusing a handful of its Falcon 9 rockets.

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SpaceX advertises that the Falcon Heavy will be able to lift 140,660 pounds of cargo to low-Earth orbit, 37,040 pounds to Mars, and 7,720 pounds to Pluto.

Wednesday's payload included a communications satellite built for LuxGovSat S.A.

From its orbital perch, the satellite "will be ideally located to support communications within Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and to provide highly reliable and flexible interconnectivity for defense and institutional applications within its coverage area", the representatives added. The country's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, and other high-ranking officials also were present. The cost of the satellite is $279 million, and it weighs around 4.5 tons.

Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency are developing similar technology and are in testing stages.

NASA is also working on a megarocket, the Space Launch System or SLS. But SpaceX scrubbed the launch stating that it wants to replace the sensor of the Falcon 9 second stage.

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