SpaceX lands the first stage again!

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The competition heats up: In tonight’s launch, SpaceX not only put a commercial satellite into geosynchronous orbit, it successfully landed the first stage on a barge, a landing they did not expect to succeed.

Go here to watch a launch replay. The landing is at about 38 minutes.

With this success, I think they have demonstrated that they can recover that first stage in almost every circumstance. The next big challenge: Launch Falcon Heavy and recovering all three of its first stages.


  • D K Rögnvald Williams

    I wish Elon Musk would take SpaceX public. I would buy the stock, assuming it wasn’t overpriced.

  • t-dub

    That landing was hot and fast. What an amazing thing SpaceX is doing, I love it! I also would buy stock if they went public.

    USA! . . . USA!! . . . USA!!! . . . USA!!!! . . . USA!!!!!

  • jburn

    It was stunning – simply stunning – to see the first stage appear as if by magic, on the barge from a flash of light…

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • Roger Phelps

    Does anybody know when Space X will start trying to land the second stage?

  • t-dub

    The next step, I think, is to land Falcon Heavy which will have 3 first stages to recover.

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