SpaceX To Attempt Rocket Landing For Second Time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination 1 million miles away, but it’s the rocket’s ocean landing that is stealing the spotlight.

The SpaceX company will take a second stab at landing a booster on a platform floating off the Florida coast; last month’s experiment ended in a fireball.

The “close, but no cigar” attempt on Jan. 10 was caused by an insufficient amount of hydraulic fluid. SpaceX added extra fluid for Sunday’s sunset landing attempt. But the booster will fly back faster this time given its particular course, and company officials are less certain of success in this attempt to demonstrate rocket reusability.

“So on one side we fixed the problem, on the other side this trajectory is a lot more aggressive and a lot more difficult,” SpaceX vice president Hans Koenigsmann said Saturday. He stressed that the test is secondary and entirely separate from the primary mission of launching the Deep Space Climate Observatory for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

Excellent weather is forecast for the 6:10 p.m. launch.

The Deep Space Climate Observatory is the revitalized version of the Earth-observing spacecraft conceived in the late 1990s —> Read More Here


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