Sunday, January 3, 2016

Elon Musk: Landed SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket 'Ready to Fire Again'


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket which successfully landed on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida last month is ready to fire again, according to SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk.

The recovered rocket was moved into a newly-built hangar near the former Space Shuttle launch pad 39A for evaluation in preparation of another test firing.

Musk tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9 rocket inside the hanger on New Year's Eve and stated that "no damage [was] found" and that it is "ready to fire again."

The Falcon 9 rocket landing was the first time that any reusable part of an orbital mission launch has landed on Florida's Space Coast since the retirement of the Space Shuttle program. The mission also marked the first time in space history that a rocket successfully launched a commercial satellite into orbit and then achieved a land landing.

Photo Credit: SpaceX